Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Urban Agriculture

Demonstration Gardens

The project is aligned with current developments in Chicago and cities across North America where plans for sustainable local food systems include urban agriculture are in place.  It provides interactive, real-world educational tools for students, faculty, staff and community members. 

  • Two garden demonstration sites on the Lake Shore Campus
  • Student interns manage the Gardens and gain knowledge of food production in a midwestern urban environment
  • Produce is donated to a local charity
  • Applies transferable, low-tech innovative food production in the urban environment

Other locations of Urban Agriculture across the Loyola Campuses:

  • Mertz Hall rooftop container gardens
  • Quinlan LSB 5th floor production green roof
  • Edible landscaping map project
  • Lease land to Vedgewater community garden
  • Loyola University Medical Center community garden project

The many examples of gardening and urban agriculture at Loyola have begun a reawakening of the importance of understanding and protecting our local and global food systems.  As a result of a student project in the STEP: Food Systems course, the Urban Agriculture Demonstration Gardens grow more than 15 varieties of vegetables and herbs which are donated to a local charity, A Just Harvest, a soup kitchen in Rogers Park.