Resources & Information

AUA Urban Agriculture Resource Guide – New and expanding resource database for growing food in Chicago, whether it’s starting an urban farm, pulling neighbors together for a community garden, or growing herbs and veggies at home. Built upon our 2006 guide, it is now open to collaborators – to learn more about how you can contribute to this ever-growing resource, please contact info@auachicago.org.

Chicago Urban Agriculture Map – Interactive map and directory with links to detailed profiles for gardens and farms across the Chicagoland area. A collaboration between AUA, NeighborSpace, DePaul University’s Steans Center and others, the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) aims to provide the public with a comprehensive and constantly evolving look at the state of urban agriculture in Chicagoland.

Urban Agriculture Directory – A growing directory of everything touching on urban agriculture in Chicago and beyond: local farms and gardens; organizations, businesses and services; news, blogs and online groups; and online reports and guides.

Urban Agriculture Zoning Code for Chicago – Interested in starting a commercial urban farm or community garden?  The City of Chicago recently passed amendments to Chicago’s Zoning Ordinance that specifically address urban agriculture.  Click here for the City’s FAQ sheet about the changes.  For more detailed information about zoning districts and more, click here.

AUA plan updated 3.4.10 — download the AUA Plan. The AUA Plan for Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Chicago is a policy paper prepared between 2003 -2006. It includes policy recommendations for promoting urban agriculture in Chicago. The Chicago City Plan, “Chicago: Eat Local, Live Health,” focuses on six categories for study based on the AUA policy recommendations.

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