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Our goal is to enable youth and adults to enact direct environmental change in the city, and to provide for themselves and our global future.
We demonstrate sustainable practices in urban environments through Urban Agriculture, Collaborative Design and Environmental Education. We work at the intersection of the natural and the built environment.
UHC inspires and enables citizens to make direct environmental and social change.
Our activities include teaching and implementing environmentally sustainable techniques: organic agriculture, water management, restorative landscape design, and food producing roofs, with schools and community groups.
We have a several urban agriculture sites which we use for training programs and to provide produce to food pantries, we help schools develop sustainable playgrounds, we train gardening instructors and run gardening and environmental programs for children and teens in challenged neighborhoods, and have built several food producing roofs, in addition to other initiatives.
We provide "hands-on" training in environmental issues and urban agriculture through school programs, as well as adult workshops, tours and volunteer days at our teaching farm and other sites. Our new UHC Institute (UHCi) makes these initiatives even more effective. Our Teen Agriculture Program teaches job skills and environmental education to inspire the next generation of environmentalists.
Our organic farm sites provide food to Chicago’s needy through food pantries and hunger organizations, as well as to the families of youth and adult students and volunteers. Many of our past participants have gone on the create their own urban farming projects - or to teach others.
We believe in community-led design. Our collaborations with schools and community organizations lead to design and implementation of new sustainable schoolyards, green roofs and "green" architectural elements.
Current Projects: Children, Teen and Adult Farming and Environmental Education Programs, Environmentally Sustainable Landscaping, Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens, Food Donations , Sustainable Design, Collective School Playground Design
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