With your support, we can provide free or low cost STEM programs for schools, launch new research projects, and sponsor local sustainable food entrepreneurs.

  • $20 offsets a vendor fee for a community organization, garden or school at our market
  • $50 allows us to distribute healthy food incentives for low 2 income families at our farmers market
  • $100 can support new and ongoing circular economy research projects
  • $150 provides a free hands-on STEM workshop for up to 30 youth from Back of the Yards or other under resourced schools.

Below are just some of the things your donations helped to support in the past year:

  • Provide hands-on STEM education on circular economy principles to over 3,600 youth from the Chicago region (over 28% free to groups that could not afford a fee)
  • Distribute over $3,700 of Link and Healthy Food incentives to low-income families to buy fresh, local produce
  • Provide support for over 40 small business entrepreneurs to engage in circular economy principles, while increasing their bottom line
  • Publish 25 open-source local circular economy research projects on our website, in collaboration with local research institutions and small businesses

Read our full 2018 Annual Report

Plant Chicago is a registered 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax-deductible.

over 70%

of our annual budget relies on philanthropic sources


We love our volunteers! We’re always looking for helping hands on a variety of projects, from helping with education programs and tending chickens to community outreach and market help. Interested?

Visit our News + Events page to join our next orientation.


Pre-oriented volunteers are welcome on Saturdays, but we request that you sign up for a volunteer shift in advance. Volunteer opportunities are available for 2-4 hour blocks of time from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays. For groups of five or more interested in volunteering, email us to see what upcoming projects you can help out with.


An internship with Plant Chicago is a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to working closely with our small staff and volunteers, our interns also complete a closed-loop project of their own design. Internships last 8–12 weeks. Though unpaid, travel stipends are provided and they may be completed for school credit.