Chicago Patchwork Farms is a vegetable farm dedicated to transforming contaminated city land into biodiverse community space while improving accessibility of healthy food to our neighbors.
We remediate vacant land on Chicago’s south and west sides; neighborhoods that are economically deprived and environmentally distressed, providing space in the community for outdoor gatherings, native pollinator habitat, and food crops. The farm’s diverse operation produces an extensive variety of vegetables, as well as eggs, medicinal herbs, preserved foods, honey, cut flowers, and a compost drop-off program. We host a high-demand 50 member sliding scale CSA pickup, and a pay-what-you-can farm stand – with the majority of our visitors walking or biking to the farm.
Patchwork Farms is a space where city folk, otherwise removed from agriculture, can know their farmers and see organic farming practices. While continuously educating ourselves in the science, sustainability, and best practices of farming, we teach science through hands-on learning to Chicago Public Schools’ students and college interns.
Throughout the growing season the farm is a place to gather; we host a variety of cultural events such as theatre, music performance, dance, and storytelling. We’re dedicated to growing healing, medicinal food and vibrant community.