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Zoning and Urban Agriculture Workshop

Hosted by Community Law Project and Advocates for Urban Agriculture


Looking to start an urban farm? Interested in what is and isn’t allowed on a particular piece of property? Are your vegetables illegal?!? Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones in which certain land uses are permitted or prohibited. Find out more about zoning ordinances in Chicago and what they mean for growing food and medicine in the city. Have a burning question? Submit you questions ahead of time anonymously here: Spanish interpretation and childcare available if requested by 10/21. Light refreshments will be served.

For this workshop, we're delighted to have the expert legal advice of Clifford Helm, Staff Attorney for the Community Law Project of Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Cliff works primarily in their Equitable Development Initiative, and has worked with community organizations, coalitions, non-profits, and cooperatives across Chicago on drafting community benefits agreements and developing strategies and policies to support equitable development.

Partner bio: The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights identifies and disrupts patterns of discrimination. Through longstanding partnerships with member law firms, they provide high quality legal assistance to clients and communities in litigation and transactional matters. They collaborate with community leaders, advocacy organizations, and attorneys to craft and implement community-based solutions and policy reform. Their current legal projects focus on education, housing, voting and civic empowerment, public safety, and community economic development.

About this workshop series: this workshop is a part of Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Good Practices for Growing Chicago, a free, comprehensive workshop series designed around AUA’s Good Practices for Growing in Chicago toolkit. The goal is to provide urban farm operations with the ability to access quality training and meet industry standards, ensuring they are financially and operationally ready to scale up and meet the growing demand for fresh, local food, reduce their risk as a business, and prepare for new funding opportunities.

Workshop topics reflect the toolkit’s focus areas, including food safety practices, insurance, marketing, licensing, and budgeting. Learn more at