Clara Shaffer Park, located at 9000 S. Green Bay Avenue, was established in 2015 to serve the residents of South Chicago. This 14-acre site is designed to engage residents in both food and fitness activities. The park has walking trails, along with an urban farm and community garden managed by Urban Growers Collective. Since 2017, we have engaged 30 area teens in a summer and after-school job training program, and created an acre of community garden space to begin programming the park and engage the broader community. We are expanded the number of incubator farmers to 12 individuals, as well as adding 30 plots for neighborhood gardeners. Our South Chicago farm also includes a Growing Dome from Growing Spaces, allowing us to extend our growing season into the colder months!
The farm and community garden at Shaffer Park serves three functions. These programs provide training, mentoring, and coaching for individuals to obtain increased agricultural and growing capacity, with a focus on individuals from communities with lack of food access.