AUA is delighted to announce the launch of our Farmer to Farmer Mentorship Program! This initiative seeks to match beginning farmers with experienced farmers to share in their wealth of knowledge and foster mutually beneficial relationships.

Additionally, this program seeks to expand: educational opportunities for growing food in Chicago; access to quality, safe food; skills for environmental conservation of soil, water, and air in our region; and the web of collective power and solidarity amongst Chicago area farmers.

We’re looking for a variety of beginning and experienced growers who are interested in participating in this program throughout Winter and Spring of 2020. Once matched, mentors and mentees are free to structure the relationship to fit their schedules. Mentors are compensated for sharing their knowledge while mentees are given the opportunity to learn in-depth what it is to be a farmer at no cost. Mentors are expected to encourage good practices and assist the mentee in striving towards a successful growing operation.

Space is limited. If you are interested, please 1) review this detailed program description, and 2) submit a completed online application by Sunday, December 1st, 2019.

If you would like a downloadable copy of the application to fill out and send in, click here for mentor applications, and here for mentee applications. Paper copies can be mailed to: Advocates for Urban Agriculture, 159 N. Sangamon Ave., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60607. Questions? Contact Viviana at