Since 2002, Growing Home has cultivated the ground in service of its primary social mission: a job training and transitional employment program for individuals motivated to reenter the workforce. Interns in the program receive a fair wage while learning transferrable job skills in Landscaping/Horticulture, Food Service, or Customer Service tracks. Fieldwork is supplemented by classroom [...]
“Growing Home uses organic agriculture to make a big impact on people’s lives.”
“Our trainees aren’t just beginning new jobs: they’re beginning new lives…” Stephanie has worked for Growing Home for several years, down at our Les Brown Memorial Farm in Marsailles Illinois. Currently, she’s one of the field technicians involved in training our interns. When she’s not farming, she’s a writer living in Chicago. She [...]
“We like Growing Home because it restores creation and brings people together.”
“For the workers at Growing Home who cheerfully greet us each morning in heat or cold, this garden is a labor of love.” Growing Home has worked with Su Casa Catholic Worker Charities since 2003, maintaining an organic garden on the site of their soup kitchen, which provides much needed support for displaced latino [...]
“Working with growing things has the power to transform people and communities.” Valerie Denney is currently Growing Home’s board president. In her position, she has shown tremendous leadership and enthusiasm for the work we do. Working with growing things has the power to transform people and communities. Growing Home’s pioneering work in [...]
Joy Moon is a loyal Growing Home volunteer. She has been a valuable member of the Growing Home community for two years, and we are grateful to have her! Two years ago, I started volunteering at Growing Home’s Les Brown Farm in Marseilles because I wanted to learn about organic farming. I also wanted [...]
Growing Home’s Field Training Specialist, Breanne Heath, organized a cooking demonstration at Hogan’s Soup Kitchen last week. Raven, the winner of our Intern Cook-Off Challenge, showed off her skills, preparing a simple salad using lettuce and tomatoes from Growing Home’s garden at Su Casa and explaining how to prep and bake Kale chips for the breakfast-goers.
We had a very successful farm-to-table dinner last night and wanted to send a big thank you to everyone who made the event possible. First, of course, thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the evening with us and who made donations to support our ongoing work. We hope you all enjoyed the [...]
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