The South Suburban Cook Urban Agriculture Demonstration and Research Farm (SoSuCo) is the University of Illinois Extension's premier food production laboratory for showcasing and developing techniques and systems for urban agriculture in South Cook County. The 2021 growing season marks the first full year of production at the site, which features traditional soil-based market farming, custom media-based growing, and year-round production using greenhouse/high tunnel structures. 

SoSuCo serves as the outdoor demonstration tool for the Master Urban Farmer Training Program (MUFTP), as well as other urban agriculture systems-based workshops, public events, and field days. Stay tuned to this page for research updates, production information, and events. Be sure to subscribe to the Urban Ag Connect Vlog series for tips, topics, and techniques showcased at the site.

July 2021 Updates
Early Girl is the first to harvest in the high tunnel slicer tomato trial!

Summer is full swing at SoSuCo!

We have yet to reach the heavy fruiting vegetable harvest windows and already our team has brought nearly 1,000 lbs of produce to area food pantries in conjunction with our SNAP-Ed team!       


Outdoor fruiting crops are just about here!
Rapid growth in the high tunnels on 7/13/21


Urban Ag Connect October 2021 Updates


Urban Ag Connect January 2022 Updates

Crop survival at low temperatures!