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 farm stand?
Our weekly farm stand is every Wednesday beginning in June through the end of October from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Growing Solutions Farm is located at the corner of Leavitt Street and Campbell Drive (across the street from 2201 W. Campbell Park Drive).
How do I buy produce for my business?
Download our produce guide for 2020 and contact Farmer Tucker at with questions.
What dates are your farm pop-ups?
Download our summer 2020 pop-up schedule to see pop-up dates.
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.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, tours of the farm and some farm stands have been postponed until further notice. We will notify supporters with updates via social media and our newsletter.