Marie's Urban Farm 835 N. Highland Ave Aurora, IL
The Entertainment Space
The Pollinator Gardens
Charity Blooms has been proud to manage this amazing property since 2018 through the generosity of the City of Aurora and the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry. The Farm has become our Homestead.
This half-acre property was once occupied by 5 houses. Those houses were torn down in 2014 and turned into green space. Since 2018, we have worked with hundreds of volunteers to turn it into a community space that now benefits thousands. Our goal is to grow dozens of varieties of food including fruit, vegetables and herbs. This produce is then donated to the Marie Wilkinson Food pantry. As of 2021 we have won 28 awards for our produce at the Sandwich County Fair!
This property is also a social space. People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to learn, help and play. The property now includes a 500 square foot greenhouse, solar power, a large outdoor kitchen, entertainment space with seating for 32, an aviary, a monarch butterfly education area, pollinator gardens with bee hotel, self-paced activities and automated composting. We teach classes for all ages, host private gatherings and public events almost all year long.
Events on the calendar are all open to the public unless otherwise stated.
If you'd like to visit the farm or volunteer, let us know. We are always interested in meeting new friends, building new partnerships and sharing the love of what we do. We are often described as one of the best kept secrets in Aurora. Stop by and see why!