Advocates for Urban Agriculture

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.

About

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.

EDUCATE

We educate and train agriculture practitioners throughout the Chicago region.

ENDORSE

We endorse good practices for urban growing operations of all types and sizes.

CONNECT

We connect growers, consumers, and resources through an active coalition.

ADVOCATE

We advocate for policies that allow urban agriculture to thrive.

Services

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Watershed Planning

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding
  • Insurance Requirements

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Recruiting
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Placement

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Health and Safety Training
  • Pollution Prevention

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Organizational Audits
  • Technical Services

Operations and Logistics

  • Health and Safety Training
  • Pollution Prevention

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance

Space

  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location

Technical Assistance

  • Pollution Prevention

Training

  • Health and Safety Training
Primary ContactViviana Gentry Fernandez-Pellon
AddresssPO Box 168083
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone(708) 629-1425