WINDY CITY HARVEST: The Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and jobs training initiative to help build a local food system, healthier communities, and a greener economy.
The WCH Apprenticeship program attracts a diverse group of students: career changers, young adults with a history of incarceration, and those with significant barriers to employment. The Apprenticeship uses a hands-on, plain-language, and team-focused approach to introduce students to production-oriented urban farming systems.
Windy City Harvest provides instruction in urban agriculture best practices, develops collaborations that benefit communities, and produces high-value, nutritious produce. Participants acquire hands-on experience with sustainable vegetable production and learn essential business skills specific to the farm industry.
Situated at 2600 S. Washtenaw Ave., in the proximity of Arturo Velasquez Institute, this nearly 2 acres site owned by Cook County is a major training, commercial crop and composting production site for Windy City Harvest. The produce grown here is exclusively sold to Midwest Foods.