PCC envisions a future in which community members enjoy optimal health and wellness; therefore, we support activities that promote healthy lifestyles to complement medical care.
The PCC Austin Farm is perhaps PCC’s most unique support service. This 8,000 square foot urban farm grows high-quality produce in Chicago's Austin community, a known food desert. PCC sells the produce at affordable prices and also accepts nutrition assistance SNAP benefits. Patients with diabetes at PCC Austin Family Health Center can receive a free box of farm produce every week, along with cooking demos and farm coupons during this year's farm season.
PCC Austin FarmLocated next to PCC Austin Family Health Center330 North Lotus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644
In 2021, the farm stand will be open every Tuesday between June and October.
PCC purchased 8,000 square feet of vacant land in 2012 with the intention of someday creating a space to promote health and wellness. Through collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden, PCC transformed the lot into a community farm. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture program, Windy City Harvest, manages the farm's operations.
Humana Communities Benefit
This farm was made possible by a Humana Communities Benefit grant from the Humana Foundation. Humana Communities Benefit (HCB) is a charitable-giving program, funded by the Humana Foundation, that awards a $350,000 signature grant over a three year period to a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The grant is intended to improve community health and well-being, and have a transformational, lasting impact on its residents. In 2014, the Humana Foundation awarded the Chicago market grant to PCC Community Wellness Center. The funding was used to establish our community farm in an eight-thousand square-foot lot across the street from the PCC Austin Family Health Center. We are grateful to our friends at Humana and the Humana Foundation who frequently drop by the farm to volunteer!