PCC envisions a future in which community members enjoy optimal health and wellness; therefore, we support activities that promote healthy lifestyles to complement medical care. PCC established an urban farm in 2014 to provide access to healthy foods and to share a beatiful space to participate in physical activity.
PCC Austin FarmLocated next to PCC Austin Family Health Center330 North Lotus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644
PCC Austin Farm
PCC purchased eight thousand square feet of vacant land in 2012 with the intention of someday creating a space to promote health and wellness. Through collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden, PCC realized this dream; the vacant lot was transformed into a quarter-acre community farm. The farm showcases local and sustainable food production practices while providing training and employment opportunities for participants. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s expertise in horticulture—demonstrated through its thriving urban agriculture program, Windy City Harvest—contributes significantly to PCC’s farm.
Opportunities on the farm include:
- eating healthy foods (find out more about the PCC Austin Farm Stand)
- physical activity (find out how to volunteer at the PCC Austin Farm)
- nutrition education
- gardening and cooking education
- enjoying nature
- building friendships
Humana Communities Benefit
This farm was made possible by a Humana Communities Benefit grant from the Humana Foundation. Humana Communities Benefit (HCB) is a charitable-giving program, funded by the Humana Foundation, that awards a $350,000 signature grant over a three year period to a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The grant is intended to improve community health and well-being, and have a transformational, lasting impact on its residents. In 2014, the Humana Foundation awarded the Chicago market grant to PCC Community Wellness Center. The funding was used to establish our community farm in an eight-thousand square-foot lot across the street from the PCC Austin Family Health Center. We are grateful to our friends at Humana and the Humana Foundation who frequently drop by the farm to volunteer!
Seeking Farm Grower
Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest program is looking for a farm grower for the PCC Austin Farm!
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated grower to oversee and maintain the PCC Austin Farm with high production and display garden aesthetics. The grower will assist residents with maintaining and cultivating the allotment garden and educate the community about growing a variety of seasonal produce. The grower should have high energy for and interest in sustainable urban agriculture, and a commitment to teamwork and engaging community. The ideal candidate for this position will be well-versed in organic growing techniques and landscape aesthetics, and be able to demonstrate the ability for community engagement and education. The grower will be working as part of the Windy City Harvest team as the liaison between residential members, community organizations, and Windy City Harvest. Generally, the work of the grower position is focused on production 85 percent of their time and programming for 15 percent. This is a dual hire position between the Chicago Botanic Garden and PCC Community Wellness Center. Applicants will be vetted by the Human Resources protocol of both organizations. This position is Seasonal Part-time from March through April and Seasonal Full-time May through October.