Growing Home is a USDA-Certified Organic urban farm, workforce development center and non-profit social enterprise in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. We believe that everyone deserves a good job, to eat well, and to live in a vibrant, supported community. We serve our communities through paid innovative employment training and local, healthy, affordable food.
“Growing Home has helped me get back motivated, doing something to come to everyday to look forward to."
"There’s never been a day that I came to Growing Home and wasn’t given the support I needed."
Standing in Solidarity
With Our Community
Empowering healthy people and communities through urban organic agriculture.
"If you have that drive and passion to succeed, the Growing Home community can help get you there."
"Being responsible for plants and seedlings, and caring for them much like you would a child, gave me a sense of being needed."
"This program helped me become a professional. I have a 401k. I have good benefits. I’m proud. My mom is proud."
"I like to give people
perspective on change,
let them know that change
Growing Home’s 3rd Thursdays
Farm Stand Celebrations!
May 18 | June 15 | July 12 | August 17 | September 21 | October 19
59th & Honore, Englewood, 11am-2pm
This year we are excited to host our Thursday Farm Stand Series events! Every Thursday, Growing Home holds our fresh produce stand on site in Englewood, from 11am-5pm with Fresh Bites free samples and discounted produce. But **New this year!** Every Third Thursday is a free-to-the-public event featuring a workshops, resource tables, raffle prizes, family friendly activities and tours. Themes are below. Come out and join us!
May 18: Grow with Us! Soil + Garden | June 15: Juneteenth Celebration | July 12: Grill & Chill | August 17: TBD | September 21: Steppin’ into September | October 19: HarvestFest
Paid Workforce Development
Apply Today to our Program.
Growing Home offers a comprehensive, PAID Employment Training program with extensive services and resources to Chicagoans 18+ looking for employment. Our goal is to help all participants find the next step in their career journey. Click here to learn more about our 12-week Employment Training Program and click here to fill out an application for February 2023.
Volunteer with Growing Home
We love our volunteers! Volunteers are essential to the functioning of our farm, our food & community programs and our events. Please sign up for your shift below – or to be part of our monthly volunteer email newsletter.
What if we could grow?
Featuring alumni, community partners, employer partners, staff, and more, this testament to our work recounts Growing Home’s impact over the past 17 years, while posing a very important question: What if this is just the beginning?
Growing Home Kitchen
Check out the first season of our online cooking showing with Growing Home’s Community Engagement Coordinator LaQuandra Fair using our own produce! Farm-fresh, easy, delicious meals.
Wherever I go in the next five, ten, twenty years, it’s always going to come back to this. To Growing Home. Because there’s something that you all saw in me, and your hearts went out to me. People don’t have to do something like that if they don’t want to. They do it because they believe someone like me deserves a second chance. Growing Home gave me a second chance.
– Program Graduate –