Urban Growers Collective is a Black- and women-led non-profit farm in Chicago, Illinois working to build a just and equitable local food system. We aim to address the inequities and structural racism that exist in the food system and in communities of color. Rooted in growing food, our mission is to cultivate nourishing environments which support health, economic development, healing, and creativity through urban agriculture.

We create economic opportunity for youth and for Black and brown men who are at high risk for gun violence. Our aim is to provide jobs while working to mitigate food insecurity and limited access to affordable, culturally-affirming, and nutritionally-dense food.

Our team cultivates eight urban farms on 11 acres of land, predominantly located on Chicago‚Äôs South Side. These farms are production-oriented but also offer opportunities for staff-led education, training, and leadership development. Our produce is available at farmers’ markets, in our Collective Supported Agriculture program, and at our mobile grocery store, the Fresh Moves Mobile Market.

UGC's mission has always been to provide our city's most vulnerable and disenfranchised with healthy and nutritious food, and the urgency to meet this goal has increased ten-fold due to the COVID-19 crisis. With the help of our donors and partner organizations, we've donated:


boxes of fresh produce


pounds of produce from our farms


prepared meals


pounds of emergency food

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Spring through fall, we sell fresh produce at our South Chicago farm stand and offer a CSA subscription. Our mobile grocery store, the Fresh Moves Mobile Market, sells produce through the winter.