Inspiring healthy living, economic opportunity, and community empowerment in Englewood

Job Training

The Growing Home Job Training Program is a 12-week curriculum that builds skills for job readiness and success through classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training. Based on an urban farm in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Growing Home combines time spent working on the on-site urban farm with lessons on work readiness and environmental literacy, an emotional resilience curriculum, and ongoing support for career success post-graduation. Additionally, program participants will have opportunities to earn professional certifications, access to free legal consultation for record sealing and expungement, and receive the support of a case manager available to provide referrals for supportive services. 

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Employment Training Department at 773-434-7144, ext. 3.

Applications for the 2020 program have closed. 

If you would like to be contacted the next time applications are open for the Job Training Program, please feel free to complete this inquiry form and we will be in touch when more information is available.

Updated 2020 Job Description

Please click here to read the 2020 Job Description. This document includes a detailed overview of all program activities, as well as further information about remote programming being implemented in response to COVID-19.

First-Hand Accounts of the Program

Click here to watch to former program participants talk about their experiences at Growing Home. This video will also give you a taste of what work on the farm looks like!

Click here to hear from 2019 program participants about their experiences with the TIP curriculum!


As a volunteer at Growing Home, you have an opportunity to help with events, lend a hand on the farm, and assist with administrative projects.

Volunteering occurs during the farming and training season, March through November, weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Please email for a list of scheduled volunteer days, to sign-up, to inquire about recurring volunteer positions, and to inquire about group volunteer opportunities.

Hire Our Graduates

Hire one of our qualified graduates to meet your staffing needs. Our job seekers are pre-screened for each employer’s qualifications and are ready to work. We also offer ongoing support to both the graduate and employer throughout the life of their employment. To learn more about becoming an employer partner, download the PDF below.

Growing Home adds immense value to our Chicago community. They work with a population that needs support and gives them the skills and training they need to become an asset to organizations like my own.

Dave Rand, COO & Co-Founder, Local Foods

Jobs & Internships

Thank you for your interest in Growing Home!  We currently do not have any open roles for our Growing Home Staff. When we do have open positions, we will post them first here. Thank you and take care.

Other Opportunities

Buy our local, USDA- certified organic vegetables, herbs, and honey.

Our learning garden is open to youth groups of all ages for an interactive learning experience.

Take an informational tour of our farms, available Monday- Friday 8am-3pm.