Clara Shaffer Park, located at 8900 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. In 2017, we engaged 30 area teens in a summer 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 six individuals, as well as adding up to 100 plots for neighborhood gardeners.
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.