Urban Growers Collective (UGC) was founded by Laurell Sims and Erika Allen in the fall of 2017. Rooted in Growing Food, we cultivate nourishing environments which support health, economic development, healing and creativity through urban agriculture. Our approach is to demonstrate and support development of community- based food systems where produce is grown, prepared, and distributed within neighborhoods. In this way, communities help themselves by learning how to provide for their own needs in a sustainable manner.
UGC tackles food insecurity through a variety of programming. Our portfolio of programs includes: the Fresh Moves Mobile Market; Farmers for Chicago, our job-readiness program which trains over 200 teens annually, 50 formerly incarcerated adults through an 18-month job-training program, as well as our Incubator Farmer program which provides land and technical assistance for new Chicago farmers; our head- start preschool farm which serves over 145 preschoolers and their families; and finally, we provide education to a larger audience through a series of agriculture, small business development, and equality building workshops. Our core values honor shared leadership and collective decision making; racial, economic, gender and LGBTQ equity; and employee well-being: we have witnessed how these values lead to thoughtful, holistic programming and yield environments that nourish and create prosperity.
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Position Description: the Seasonal Farm Worker position encompasses all aspects of farm labor. We are looking for a dynamic individual who is self-motivated, detail-oriented, maintains a positive attitude, has strong communication skills and work ethic, with an ability to receive constructive criticism. Seasonal workers may be employed from April through October.
Position Description: Urban Growers Collective is seeking Summer Youth Program Instructor for our Roosevelt Square, South Chicago, and Grant Park Locations.
The Youth Program Instructor will specifically focus on providing instruction during the Urban Growers Collective Youth Corps Summer Program, a six-week program focused on farming, community food system development and leadership opportunities. The Youth Program Instructor will co-facilitate large group activities for 30 teens and provide lead instruction and supervision for breakout sessions of up to 15 teens. The standard program model runs 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, with additional prep time allotted.
Position Description: Under the direction of Urban Growers Collective, the READI Training Program Site Lead is responsible for supervising, supporting, and inspiring transitional workers through a trauma informed and restorative justice lens on the UGC worksite, and adhering to the UGC model, philosophies and approaches, and manuals and policies. The Training Program Coordinator will be energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive. They will act as a team leader and positive role model who productively supports transitional workers and maintains professional boundaries.