Selling affordable fresh produce and plants grown on our very own urban farm as well as from our partners, our Retail Store and Nursery will be a hub to host food access opportunities and will serve as a destination for learning, gathering, and local business development.
Through the Retail Store and Nursery, we are creating 20,000 sq. ft. of outdoor retail space for the community. This market space will help meet the pressing needs of our community by providing:
Auburn Gresham has significantly fewer businesses than the average Chicago neighborhood—less than 69% below the city average—which forces residents to go outside their community for critical resources. Nearly 90% of spending leaks to outside communities, with 10% of that leakage going to grocery stores outside of the neighborhood. By creating a vibrant marketplace in the neighborhood, the Green Era Campus is ensuring that our neighbors have what they need and contributing to a vibrant circular economy.
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