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Advocates for City Agriculture Awards Capability Constructing Grants to Chicagoland Farms

Advocates for City Agriculture Awards Capability Constructing Grants to Chicagoland Farms

This December, Advocates for City Agriculture (AUA) introduced the names of 11 farm companies awarded funding by their 2020 Capability Constructing Grant.

By the Capability Constructing Grant, AUA obtained $410,000 price of requests from Chicagoland growers eager to scale up their operations and strengthen engagement with their surrounding communities. The variety of functions and stage of funding requests demonstrates the excessive quantity of sustainable city farm companies within the Chicagoland area able to take the following step by scaling up their operation.

AUA is proud to be supporting farms situated in Chicagoland communities, led by growers who stay, work, and resemble the communities by which they work. The Capability Constructing grant was co-created by a bunch of Chicagoland-based growers who recognized 5 guiding values for this system:

  • Holistic, Sustainable Rising Course of & Practices
  • Neighborhood Engagement, Enrichments, Relationships, and Belongings
  • Self-Willpower, Justice, Fairness, and Non-Exploitative practices
  • Clear Course of and Financial Development
  • Collective Development and Collaboration Belief


Beatrice Kamau, 2020 Capability Constructing Grant Recipient with A number of Harvest Farm, speaks to those very values. “The Grant will assist scale up manufacturing and enhance the standard of our produce,” says Kamau. “We’re wanting ahead to persevering with to develop greens which are standard among the many African Immigrants [and] additionally sharing with all of Chicagoland communities.”

All the Capability Constructing Grant awardees lead operations by which greater than 50% of the operation is owned, operated, and/or based by BIPOC and trans, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming gender people. This funding is supporting grantees who determine their communities as ones which embrace immigrants, the chronically ailing, and other people of colour.

“Centering these numerous views is one crucial method by which city agriculture organizations can proceed to re-imagine our meals system and make it more and more equitable,” mentioned Bea Fry, AUA’s Growth Coordinator. 

For extra details about AUA and their funding applications, go to

About Us

Advocates for City Agriculture (AUA) is a coalition of city farms, group and college gardens, people and companies working to assist and develop sustainable agriculture within the Chicago area. AUA’s mission is to empower city growers to foster thriving communities by sustainable agriculture and equitable meals methods.

Meals:Land:Alternative (FLO) is a partnership between The Kinship Basis and The Chicago Neighborhood Belief, funded by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Neighborhood Belief.


Press Contact:

Bea Fry

Growth Coordinator, Advocates for City Agriculture



Sean Ruane

Government Director


2020 Capability Constructing Grant Recipients:

  • $20,000 Awardee: Brisker Collectively
  • $10,000 Awardees: Cedillo’s Contemporary Produce, Getting Grown Collective, Run-A-Method Buckers Membership, Develop Thrive Farm
  • $5,000 Awardees: Iyabo Farms, A number of Harvest, Bee-utiful Honey, BSRR Youth Heart Academy and Farm
  • $2,500 Awardees: Catatumbo Cooperative Farm, Coleman Pharaoh’s Backyard


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