Demonstrating the viability of sustainable concepts and practices in urban environments through research, education, and hands-on projects.
Our organic farm sites provide food to Chicago’s needy through food pantries and hunger organizations, as well as to the families of youth and adult students and volunteers. Many of our past participants have gone on the create their own urban farming projects - or to teach others how to.
UHC has engaged in materials research since its inception. It’s an integral part of what we do. Rather than satisfy ourselves with traditional or accepted ways of doing things, we like to try it ourselves, make mistakes, learn, and produce hybrids of different technologies that might work in urban environments.
Whether it’s a denser strawbale wall, a new use for broken glass in neglected neighborhoods, or things untried and untested in Chicago, UHC isn’t afraid to get its hands dirty.