Growing Solutions Farm
Working outdoors. Building a community of diverse learners. Gaining the identity of an employee. Harnessing the skills and talents of our young adult clients while acquiring expertise in a flourishing local food industry. These concepts are the genesis of our nationally recognized Growing Solutions Farm.
Young adult participants join us independently as well as from residential programs and city high schools. Participants learn skills in the agriculture space and how to follow structured employment tasks while also gaining soft skills. Our teachers, volunteers and agency staff engage in daily farm work with our farm interns while modeling and teaching the curriculum that will lead to future success in the workplace.
In 2013, our 900-square foot pilot garden taught us that we could increase independence and productivity among young adults with autism and related disabilities while teaching vocational and horticulture skills.
The garden's expansion in 2014 allowed us to provide paid employment and more consistent, intensive vocational training opportunities to twice as many young adults, while harnessing the collective strength of our partners.
Today, Growing Solutions Farm is a 1.2-acre garden in the Illinois Medical District that provides vocational opportunities and unmatched learning experiences for our participants. The farm includes a large growing space, a greenhouse, a cooling shed, and an outdoor tented classroom.
During the summer we sell restaurant-quality produce at our on-site farm stand, farm-stand pop-ups in the community, through our CSA program, and to local businesses. The sale of all produce goes directly to our vocational programming that helps young adults with autism and related disabilities.
Where is the on-site farm stand?
Our weekly farm stand is every Wednesday beginning in June through the end of October from 10:00AM - 1:00PM Growing Solutions Farm is located at the corner of Leavitt Street and Campbell Drive (across the street from 2201 W. Campbell Park Drive).
What dates are your farm pop-ups?
For Summer 2020, we will host our on-site farm stands every Wednesday and Green City Market every Saturday. Please refer to our event page for more details.
Do you offer tours of the farm?
Yes! Tours of the farm are available, but advance notice and coordination is requested. Contact us for more information.
How do I buy produce for my business?
Download our produce guide for 2020 and contact Farmer Tucker at with questions.
NOTICE: Please refer to the statement regarding sales and handling of produce during COVID-19.
Within six months of opening the UAS West Side Transition Academy in 2019, our program more than doubled and demand continues to grow. Here, our team prepares students for life after high school and helps them develop communication skills, navigate public transportation, and utilize community resources such as the library. Additionally, we work with our students to set personalized goals, which empowers them to live life with confidence.
For more information about how you can get involved with the UAS West Side Transition Academy, email info@UrbanAutismSolutions.com