Local Foods & Small Farms

Our Educators, Zack Grant and Kathryn Pereira, provide workshops, technical assistance consultations, and referrals to resources for urban and peri-urban food system projects and commercial farmers in Cook County, IL. Our flagship educational program, Master Urban Farmer Training Program, is offered once or twice per year.

Our specialties include: 

  • Business planning and evaluation
  • Creating vision and mission statements
  • Developing marketing strategies and plans
  • Farm finances and recordkeeping
  • Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) education
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Irrigation
  • Season extension and infrastructure
  • Soil fertility and health management
  • Urban agriculture production systems

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