Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) empowers urban growers to foster thriving communities through sustainable agriculture and equitable food systems. We envision a flourishing food system that promotes urban agriculture in the Chicago area as an integral part of community economic development, food security, environmental sustainability, and overall quality of life for the region, and in which practitioners, organizations, and residents can reap the benefits.
We are a coalition of urban farms, community and school gardens,
individuals and businesses working to support and expand sustainable
agriculture in the Chicago region. Formed in 2002, AUA’s community
includes more than 2,300 members throughout the Chicago area and beyond.
We educate and train agriculture practitioners throughout the Chicago region.
We endorse good practices for urban growing operations of all types and sizes.
We connect growers, consumers, and resources through an active coalition.
We advocate for policies that allow urban agriculture to thrive.