Urban Growers Collective’s work aims to address the inequities and structural racism that exist in the food system and in communities of color. Research suggests that urban agriculture can produce a range of social, health and economic outcomes for communities. We believe engaging in this work will ultimately lead to healing trauma on many levels and improving the economic vitality and overall health of communities in Chicago.
UGC’s goal is to build knowledge and an awareness of healthy produce, urban agriculture and the food system. We provide education and employment skills to youth and adults from the community to create a strong foundation for school, work and life.
Urban Growers Collective provides the following programs in order to increase healthy food in communities that lack access and to support consumption of culturally appropriate, nutritious produce:
Our farms create safe spaces that allow for relationship building, skills development and healing. We engage neighbors and folks throughout Chicago by providing opportunities to get in touch with the soil through:
YOUTH WE EMPLOY
VOLUNTEERS ON THE FARM
NEW INCUBATOR FARMERS GROWING FOOD
PRESCHOOLERS FELL IN LOVE WITH KALE
“Because of this program, I was able to both pay for myself and better myself mentally, physically and socially and I made new friends. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!” - Justin
“Thank you for this great opportunity for me to get a feel of a work environment. This experience will benefit me for the rest of my life. I have learned to work with others, time management and interviewing skills. You have given me life long memories this summer and a little spending money. Thank you for the opportunity ” - Agustin
“I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot about farming. I don’t know what I would have done without this program. I am grateful for what I was able to experience. I really improved my speaking, communication and farming skills. I loved coming to the farm and working in the warm sun. I got to meet new people and all this wouldn't have been possible without you. Thanks!” - Karen