Chicago Botanic Garden

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Windy City Harvest
Rodeo Farm

The Rodeo Farm is a vibrant, urban garden offering both career training and fresh produce. Covering nearly two acres on a former parking lot, it is the largest production site in the Windy City Harvest program. Its name is a nod to the rodeo grounds it neighbors on South Rockwell Street in Chicago.

The Rodeo Farm is the result of a partnership between the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest urban agriculture certificate program, Cook County, Midwest Foods, and Levy Restaurants.

In a single growing season, the site produces about 15,000 pounds of vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and carrots. It provides transitional jobs for young men who have completed the four-month-in-residence at the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact program for Cook County inmates, and for graduates of the Windy City Harvest certificate program in Sustainable Horticulture and Urban Agriculture.

During baseball season, the locally grown produce from the Rodeo Farm is shared with fans of the Chicago White Sox. Through Midwest Foods, a local supplier, the produce is provided to Levy Restaurants at the team's home ballpark, U.S. Cellular Field.

The Garden's transitional jobs program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the City of Chicago's Department of Family Support Services.

For additional information contact Angela Mason, director of community gardening, at or by calling (847) 835-6970.