Inspiring healthy living, economic opportunity, and community empowerment in Englewood

Job Training Program

Program Overview

Growing Home is a paid 12-week training program that builds skills for job readiness and success through a comprehensive, engaging and supportive workforce development curriculum and hands-on farm work experience. Based in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Growing Home provides training in work readiness, environmental literacy, psychological self-sufficiency, and ongoing post-graduation career success. Additionally, program participants have opportunities to earn professional certifications, access to free legal consultation for record sealing and expungement, and the support of a case manager available to provide referrals for supportive services.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classroom-based aspects of the program are currently facilitated online (via Zoom), but work shifts at our farm continue to be held in-person in accordance with the latest COVID health and safety protocols.

If you have any questions about the program or the application, you can reach out to the Employment Training Department at 773-434-7144, ext. 3.

Job Description:

Please click here to read the 2021 Job Description. This document includes a detailed overview of all program activities, as well as further information about how we are implementing programming during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Job Description also includes very important information about program eligibility and the documents required for enrollment.

Online Application:

If you have read the above job description and would like to submit an application, you can do so here. Please read the instructions at the top of the application before beginning. We look forward to receiving your application!

The last day to submit an application for Cohort 3 is Friday, May 28th and the first day of programming for Cohort 3 will be Monday, June 21st.

Learn More: First-Hand Accounts of the Program

Click here to hear from 2019 program participants about their experiences with the TIP curriculum!

Click here to watch to former program participants talk about their experiences at Growing Home. This video also provides a glimpse into what work on the farm looks like!


As a volunteer at Growing Home, you have an opportunity to help with events, lend a hand on the farm, and assist with administrative projects.

Volunteering occurs during the farming and training season, March through November, weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Please email for a list of scheduled volunteer days, to sign-up, to inquire about recurring volunteer positions, and to inquire about group volunteer opportunities.

Hire Our Graduates

Hire one of our qualified graduates to meet your staffing needs. Our job seekers are pre-screened for each employer’s qualifications and are ready to work. We also offer ongoing support to both the graduate and employer throughout the life of their employment. To learn more about becoming an employer partner, download the PDF below.

Jobs & Internships

Thank you for your interest in Growing Home!  We currently have one opening below.  Please send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to LaQuandra Fair, Community Engagement Coordinator, at

Community Engagement Associate

Other Opportunities

Buy our local, USDA- certified organic vegetables, herbs, and honey.

Our learning garden is open to youth groups of all ages for an interactive learning experience.

Take an informational tour of our farms, available Monday- Friday 8am-3pm.