Farmers for Chicago: New Farmer Incubation

Our Farmer Incubation program provides new and emerging farmers and ranchers with intensive training in urban agriculture production, post-harvest handling, wholesale volume, business planning, and marketing. The program includes both hands-on lessons and long-term mentoring support. Participants develop and grow their own agribusinesses as a foundation for promoting food security in communities with limited food access.

Black, Indigenous, and farmers of color are especially encouraged to apply.

Program Overview

This practical adult education program is designed to ensure participants have the tools to begin their own urban farming business when training concludes. One-on-one advising is offered throughout the program as participants work to develop their farming plans.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for BIPOC farmers who have historically been excluded to enter the farming industry. By providing incubator farmers with land access, mentorship, expert-led trainings, and market opportunities, we aim to remove many of the barriers that often prevent farmers of color from starting their own urban farms.

Many of our Incubator Farmers run their own CSA programs and sell value-added products made from crops grown on their farms. Their produce is also available seasonally at Urban Growers Collective farm stands and as part of UGC’s CSA program.

For More Information on the 2022 Program:

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Questions?

Reach out at info@urbangrowerscollective.org or (773) 376-8882.