The Wood Street Urban Farm is a USDA Certified organic production farm in Chicago’s Englewood
neighborhood. It was started in 1992 by Les Brown, Director of Policy
for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, who passed away in 2005, as
a training program for the homeless and jobless. Today, the Wood Street
Urban Farm employs 30 part-time workers, including ex-offenders, and
provides job training while helping to alleviate the food desert
problem in the area. They estimated they’d grow about 10,000 lbs of
produce this year on just 2/3 of an acre. You can see a photo gallery at the Sun-Times website and a
segment from CLTV below that profiles the urban farm.
What are they growing in Chicago that you could also grow in your garden?
Mustard greens and collards
You can support Growing Home by purchasing their organic produce every Wednesday. 100%
of the proceeds goes to improving their job training program and the costs of
operating their farms sites. They’re also in need of office supplies
and equipment like; Flash drives, filing cabinets, book shelves, copy
machines, notebooks, binders, staplers and farm tools. You can contact the administrative office at 2732 N. Clark, Suite 310, Chicago, IL 60614. Tel 773-549-1336