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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Urban Agriculture

Student Worker in Urban Agriculture

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Download the Urban Agriculture Student Worker Application.

Dates: September, 2013- May, 2014

Hours: 15-20 hours/week

Position Description:

Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability is seeking dependable and responsible candidates to help with various urban agriculture-related projects on the Lakeshore campus, including the newly constructed Ecodome located in the IES building.  Students will work closely with the Urban Agriculture Coordinator and be responsible for both individual and team-related tasks in association with several features on campus including: Ecodome research/greenhouse space, Ecodome wall gardens, Ecodome aquaponics systems, Winthrop student garden, Quinlan Rooftop garden, and other agriculture and horticulture related projects.  IES student workers will also be encouraged to take on an individual project that advances the mission of the IES program and also provides an opportunity for personal growth in a particular field/application.  Student applicants enrolled in an IES major will be given first consideration for this position.

Apply now! Urban Agriculture Student Worker Application.


Elevating Our Communities to New Heights

Project overview

Two gardens on Loyola's campus demonstrate some of the best small-scale urban agriculture techniques from Chicago and the world. This demonstration is intended to educate students, faculty, and staff of the University as well as the greater community.

Currently, all food produced on the gardens are donated to charity, Just a Harvest. Future plans will grow a portion of the food to be served in Loyola's dining halls.

Project Need: Cities are highly populated, energy consuming entities, with little vegetation and lack of nearby fresh food sources.  Identifying and creating space to grow food in an urban setting can recreate the connection between people and their food, decrease food miles, reduce urban energy demand, and maximize available space use. Globally, cities house over 50% of the population while in industrialized over 80% of the population lives in cities; yet few cities actually produce their own food.

Project Vision: To reform the food system in our community and Chicago through urban agriculture, season extension and educational outreach.

Quinlan Life Sciences Building Balcony Garden

Launched in the spring of 2009, this garden grows an aesthetically pleasing mix of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Currently there are eleven garden beds built by students and currently managed by students.

Winthrop Garden

Lauched in the fall of 2010, students assisted in the design and development of an unused campus location that is 70 ft. x 100 ft. Today there is a small orchard planted by the student group Growers Guild and twenty raised beds with an array of vegetables and herbs.


Students researched the appropriate heirloom seeds and purchase seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. Students established management principles of aesthetics and companion planting, as well as considering the windy conditions and cool temperatures of our lakefront campus. In both of these steps, the students received guidance and advice from mentors, and experts in rooftop gardening, like Helen Cameron owner of Uncommon Ground Restaurant.



Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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