Whether you are thinking about starting your own home garden, have acquired land for an urban agriculture project, or are interested in signing up for a plot at a community garden, there is a wide range of training opportunities offered by Chicago region organizations throughout the year.

Be sure to also check out the AUA Resource Guide for online resources that are specific to growing food in the Chicago region.

If you are offering a training opportunity that you would like added to the list, please send a link with the information to

Past Trainings/Sessions

AUA’s Grow with Us:

Online Live Sessions: Monthly live online sessions with local Chicagoland growers discussing growing practices so you can grow food in your own home and/or backyard.

July: Indoor microgreens and herbs with David Toledo from Contemporary Farmer, Inc. Access recording HERE.

August: Fall backyard gardening with Natasha from We Sow We Grow. Access recording HERE.

September: Crop rotation and inter-planting with Dulce from Cedillo’s Fresh Produce. Access recording HERE.

October 26: Season extension with Paul Krysik from Windy City Harvest.  Access recording HERE.

November 12 at 5pm: Seed saving with Gina Roxas from Trickster Cultural Center. Access recording HERE. 

December: Taking a break! 


Upcoming/Ongoing Opportunities

U of I Extension provides important resources for Chicago and Cook County residents interested in Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Windy City Harvest offers one-day intensive workshops for the small-scale urban farmer or gardener

Urban Growers Collective offers agriculture, small business development, and equity building workshops

Angelic Organic Learning Center organizes field days focusing on the core themes of soils, plants, animals, and people

KAM Isaiah Israel Farm & Food Forest School meets Sundays from July-August with outdoor, project based, and classroom learning  in areas from food justice, to plant breeding, to water conservation.

University of Massachusetts hosts an online course on modern-day urban agriculture, including production methods and social, economic, environmental, and policy dimensions of urban farming