For many low income communities, good jobs and healthy food are in short supply. To help solve both problems, Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS), in partnership with the City of Chicago, NeighborSpace, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, operates a 2.6 acre urban farm in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. We distribute local produce of the highest quality to those who need it most, and support people overcoming multiple barriers to employment to secure full-time, permanent, viable jobs.

70 percent of the people who participate in this program gain well-paid, long-term employment. Together, we’re providing the opportunities people need to support their families and make their community a more beautiful place to live – all while bringing fresh, healthy produce to the community.

Learn more about volunteering at FarmWorks!

This is an eight part series on Heartland Alliance’s urban agriculture programming.


Part One – Spring Awakens at Heartland Alliance’s FarmWorks


Part Two – Chickens, Kale & Community: A Recipe For Success at Harvest Commons


Part Three – Plants, Watching Things Grow, Harvesting, and Fighting Poverty


Part Four – Farm To Table, By Way Of The Food Pantry

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Part Five – Urban Farming Leads to Reconnection

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Part Six – Why You Love Community Gardens: Landscapes of Care


Part Seven – This Recipe For Squash Has Changed Lives


Part Eight – Five Things You Learn Running An Urban Farm