Urban Farming & Food Access
We believe healthy food is a human right.
Every night, 60% of our children go to bed hungry. At our very first summer camp, our kids refused to eat the strawberries we bought because they had never had fresh fruit before. The most accessible store for our community members is a corner store, which doesn’t sell fresh fruits or vegetables.
People can’t make healthy choices without healthy options. We started our garden and kitchen as educational tools and ways to provide our neighbors fresh food.
Transforming once toxic land into a community bounty.
Two vacant lots became our Peace Garden featuring impermeable raised beds, hoop houses, a greenhouse and a Medicine Wheel. Through a partnership with Growing Home, we employ an Englewood resident as our Master Gardener and provide educational opportunities to youth and children in our summer camp.
Providing hot meals, water, and groceries to anyone in need.
Our Peace House includes a fully functional kitchen, where anyone can try a new food, learn how to prepare meals, and come together over food. In partnership with Whole Foods Englewood, we give food weekly to our neighbors and provide daily community lunches. Our policy is simple: if we have food, you can have food.
Find all our programs and events on the I Grow Chicago Program Calendar
It takes one seed, one step, one chance to change a person’s life. And one dollar can go a long way in helping us to make that happen.