A Model for Small-Scale, Sustainable Agricultural Production
Our one-of-a-kind urban vegetable, herb, and flower farm in Skokie, Illinois, is a full-production, intensive, teaching farm that implements the best of today’s sustainable agricultural technologies and practices, minimizes its impact on the environment, and enhances the local environment by promoting biodiversity and permaculture through the planting of a variety of fruit and nut trees such as hazelnut, Asian pear, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, elderberry, gooseberry, and plum.
We apply sustainable agricultural practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, companion planting, mulching, composting, and building good soil health by using organic practices that do not rely on harmful pesticides, and minimizing tillage to preserve soil structure and life.
What We Teach
Apart from teaching people how to grow food using organic methods, our farmer-educators teach people about the significance of locally- and sustainably-grown food on environmental, social justice, and health issues facing our communities. Our farmer-educators teach people how they can be part of the solution towards a more sustainable, ecologically-balanced, healthy future.