Chicago Botanic Garden


North Chicago Green Youth Farm

PHOTO: Students work at the North Chicago Farm

The North Chicago Green Youth Farm was started in spring of 2003 as a pilot program aimed at reaching out to youth in the underserved communities of North Chicago and Waukegan in partnership with the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

Regular Markets

U-Picks/Farm Stand
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
July 10 – October 2, 2013

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
September 7 – October 5, 2013

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers' Market
First and third Sundays of the month
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
May – October 2013
sustainably grown produce

Special Event Markets

Family Farmed Expo

GreenNet’s Green and Growing Fair

Garfield Park Conservatory County Fair

Chicago Botanic Garden’s
A Bloomin' Festival

Chicago Botanic Garden’s
Heirloom Tomato Weekend

Chicago Botanic Garden’s
Fall Bulb Festival

We accept WIC Farmer’s Market coupons, Senior Farmers' Market Coupons, and SNAP.

PHOTO: working on the farmThe goal of the program was to teach selected students, through a paid work experience, the value of healthy food and hard work, and to expose them to careers in the rapidly growing "green industry."

Through the trials and tribulations of its flagship year, program staff observed that the students gained much more than was originally intended. The program has evolved from a one-acre plot in the Greenbelt Forest Preserve where 13 teenagers grew some vegetables to a full-fledged youth development program serving approximately 20 students per season, with activities ranging from art workshops to farmers' markets to teambuilding exercises.

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