City Farm is Chicago's oldest sustainable urban farm. For over 30 years, thanks to innovative practices developed by Resource Center founder, Ken Dunn, vacant lands in urban areas have been turned into vibrant organic farms using compost created through Resource Center's compost collection service.
The result is a working, sustainable farm operating on a nourishing base of compost resting upon clay set atop anything from dirt to asphalt. Through Ken's pioneering efforts to provide healthy compost to the inner city where "clean dirt" and soil is unavailable, the city of Chicago has benefited greatly by organizations using this model of sustainable urban agriculture.
City Farm is a working urban farm growing fresh vegetables, but it is also a model of sustainable urban agriculture. It is an outdoor classroom which we use to educate the community about the importance of a healthy food system through lectures, demonstrations, volunteer days, and after-school programs with neighborhood students.
Our goal each season is to sell the majority of our production to Chicago restaurants, helping chefs reduce their carbon footprint while increasing Chicago’s food self-sufficiency. Remaining crops are sold on a weekly basis to the local community via our farm stand located at City Farm at Division and Clybourne.
We grow a variety of crops annually including tomatoes, kale, collards, beets, herbs, salad greens, cucumbers, rainbow chard, Malabar spinach, garlic and more.
City Farm is currently farming at 550 W. Division St. (by the Chicago Fire Department house).
Our net proceeds support other programs of Resource Center Chicago.
City Farm closes on November 1 for the winter season. To be on our Volunteer List, please click below to sign up.
Ken Dunn speaks to attendees of the Outstanding in the Field dinner held at City Farm in August 2018 about urban farms and food bringing people and communities together.