Our Mission

Advocates for Urban Agriculture is an advocacy organization centering growers, farmers, earth stewards, land and water. In partnership with and guided by growers we provide Funding, Technical Assistance, and Advocacy as resources to reimagine our relationships to land and the local food system while honoring indigenous sovereignty, black liberation, and immigrants’ rights.

We achieve this mission through four core pillars:


We educate and train agriculture practitioners throughout the Chicago region.


We endorse good practices for urban growing operations of all types and sizes.


We connect growers, consumers, and resources through an active coalition.


We advocate for policies that allow urban agriculture to thrive.

We are a coalition of urban farms, community and school gardens, individuals and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago region. Formed in 2002, AUA’s community includes more than 2,300 members throughout the Chicago area and beyond.