The Yellow Tractor Project
The first step toward a healthier nation and a healthier world lies quite simply in how we nourish our bodies.
The Yellow Tractor Project is a non-profit organization that creates fruit and vegetable gardens. Our mission is to empower all people, especially those in underserved areas, to grow their own fresh, healthy food.
Through the simple act of creating a garden, we empower individuals and organizations to deliver better health, nutrition, and well-being. We align volunteers, project partners and materials for an integrated approach to achieve the greatest sustainable impact. We encourage our corporate partners to become involved in these initiatives and help us to bring about real change for communities in need.
News and Upcoming Events
Want to support The Yellow Tractor Project? Here are some things we have coming up!
On Sale NOW
Yellow Tractor raised garden beds are on sale NOW online and at Chalet Nursery and Garden Shop in Wilmette. Click here to find out more!
When you purchase a Yellow Tractor garden bed, a portion of the proceeds goes to provide gardens through The Yellow Tractor Project.
Urban Plant Pop-Up
Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Greenheart Center at 746 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, Illinois
In a world of pop-up galleries, restaurants and markets, it's time to break soil! Get your hands dirty while learning about sustainable solutions to our global food system. Join our teams in a first-ever collaborative event for a night of hands-on demos, fair-trade wine and locally-sourced appetizers (vegan, and gluten-free options available). Leave with your own recycled starter plant and seed bomb, the inspiration to make a difference in your own community, and the resources to become involved on a global scale. Please reserve your space at: https://urbanplantpopup.eventbrite.com/ Hosted by Greenheart Transforms, Chicago Oxfam Action Corps, The Yellow Tractor Project, and The Cooperation Operation
The Yellow Tractor Project featured in Crain's Chicago Business!
Read yesterday's article in Crain's Chicago Business on corporate wellness gardens featuring The Yellow Tractor Project
GOOD Magazine selects Wendy Irwin for the 2014 GOOD 100 showcase of individuals at the cutting edge of creative impact!
Wendy Irwin, Co-Founder and CEO of Yellow Tractor™ (YT), was recently selected as one of GOOD Magazine’s 2014 GOOD 100, a collection of 100 innovative individuals changing the way we live. Irwin, deemed GOOD’s Urban Agriculturalist, joins an illustrious group of creators, innovators and do-gooders with titles ranging from Recycling Visionary to Wonder Junkie. She is recognized for YT’s unique social hybrid model and her commitment to empowering people to live healthier lives. The GOOD 100, a worldwide award program founded in 2009, seeks to honor leaders on the cutting-edge of creative impact around the world. These individuals come from backgrounds in education, business, technology, policy, and design, among others, representing innovation at its very best. The magazine highlights Irwin’s “show-don’t-tell” approach to social change, which takes steps toward proving that anyone can grow affordable, clean food by providing sites with ongoing monthly education. Her profile is featured in GOOD Magazine’s Spring 2014 issue, and more information can be found at http://www.good.is/good-100.
Sponsor a Yellow Tractor fruit and vegetable garden for a sustainable corporate citizenship project with an emphasis on community engagement. Join visionary companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Edelman Chicago who support public health initatives and the alleviation of hunger and poverty. Our projects create hands-on employee volunteer opportunities. Give the gift of a garden to area schools, civic organizations, food distribution centers and more. Stand behind your company's commitment to national initiatives like STEM, STEAM, education and the environment. Contact us to learn more.
Bring The Yellow Tractor Project to Your Organization
Not sure how to become part of the Yellow Tractor Project? Tell us about your organization and how it would benefit from a Yellow Tractor garden. We will brainstorm with you to uncover ways you may not have considered. Our pilot programs have proven the effectiveness of our gardens in areas beyond education. Economic and community development, job skills training, youth programming, and the support of social enterprise are concrete examples of the endless possiblities. We can help articulate your vision, guide you through fundraising scenarios and assist in the creation of sustainable funding models. Through our networks, we can help identify community partnerships and engagement channels including recipient groups for excess yield.
We welcome any size volunteer work force, including universities, corporations, faith based groups, Girl and Boy Scouts and more. Chances are there is a Yellow Tractor Dig Day scheduled near you. Fill out our volunteer interest survey below to get started!
Yellow Tractor ECO Alliance
We are proud to announce the formation of the Yellow Tractor ECO (Education Changing Outcomes) Alliance. Based on a two-year pilot with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, we are creating an alliance of colleges and universities serious about creating sustainable change in their surrounding community. Contact us to learn how your college or university can become an ECO Alliance member.
The Yellow Tractor Project School Garden Program designs and installs gardens for pre-K through high schools. Each TYTP school recives curriculum and ongoing monthly education. Additional offerings include garden beds, books and workshops. Our school gardens provide natural settings that promote scientific inquiry, observation and discovery. Students learn environmental best practices, the science of healthy food production, leadership and responsibility. Contact us for more information and to receive our school garden presentation.
Partners & Supporters
Meet some of our project partners and supporters
The Yellow Tractor ECO Alliance
A Community of Colleges and Universities
Higher Education Makes Sustainable Impact
Commissioned by the
Kellogg School of Management
at Northwestern University to design a project with sustainable impact for its incoming class, we saw this partnership as the perfect platform to pilot and track results of our
1-day, community-wide program
. We wondered if using a large scale volunteer force to create sustainable change, in the course of 1 day, at multiple sites across a community or city would lead by example and empower more people to grow their own healthy food. With the resulting Community Impact Day project, Kellogg students have positively impacted over 8,000 garden recipients. They have empowered individuals, families, and key civic organizations with the necessary resources to harvest 65,000 servings of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables each season. Sponsors include
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Crain's Chicago Business, Lowe's, Northwestern Memorial Hospital / NMPG and Whole Foods
in addition to a host of others have made the two-year pilot possible. Thank you all for sharing the vision. We are expanding our "1 Day 2 Change" model to universities across the country. We are in the process of selecting founding members of
The Yellow Tractor ECO Alliance
of participating colleges and universities. Yellow Tractor Alliance schools and corprorate sponsors will play a significant role in expanding the nutrition gardening movement across America. Reach out to us if you think your school is up to the challenge.
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Co-Founder and Executive Director
Wendy believes in harnessing the synergy between the profit and non-profit worlds to create truly sustainable initiatives. She is proud of the TYTP team and their positioning The Yellow Tractor Project as a national thought leader at the intersection of wellness, education, and rethinking food in America. When not Tractoring, Wendy can be found with her four children, two dogs and one husband.
President & Chief Operations Officer
Anne loves transformational stories, and joining The Yellow Tractor Project is a natural. Gardening and education are two of Anne's deepest passions, and she brings her knowledge and wisdom to Yellow Tractor. For over twenty years, Anne has worked in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors of fine arts, education, community capacity building, and engagement, internet start-up as well as traditional healthcare marketing and sales. Anne can be happily found playing in the dirt, enjoying her three children, two dogs and husband.
New Sector Alliance Resident in Social Enterprise & External Relations
Rana comes to The Yellow Tractor Project as a Resident in Social Enterprise of New Sector Alliance, an Americorps program. Rana is thrilled to bring her passion for sustainability and social responsibility to the Yellow Tractor Team. Outside of Yellow Tractor, Rana can be found DIYing, practicing yoga, and performing in the Chicago a capella community.
Katey has worked with children and families regarding community health, wellness, and gardening for 15 years. She loves being a part of The Yellow Tractor Project's ambitious action plan, and contributing to the food sustainability of communities everywhere. When she's not working at The Yellow Tractor Project, she can be found tending her own home garden, walking her dog, or cheering at a White Sox game.
Jessica comes to "The Tractor" from South Africa. She believes that the communications, education, and actions of The Yellow Tractor Project take an important first step toward establishing a balance between the environment and mankind. Yellow Tractor has shown Jessica what a passion for good life and food is all about and she is proud to be a part of such an inspiring project. When not working on The Project, she is more than likely creating and relating with the medley of Chicagoans she calls her friends.
Returning Summer Intern 2013-14 DePauw University
Christine Betterman is a junior at DePauw University and is studying history and sociology. She is fascinated by health and sustainability and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Yellow Tractor. In her free time she enjoys writing music, volunteering at the local elementary school, practicing yoga, and pestering her family and friends to try new things.
Summer Intern 2014 University of Denver
Jess is a junior majoring in human geography and minoring in sustainability and psychology at the University of Denver. She is eager to be apart of the Yellow Tractor Project team this summer and is excited to collaborate with their social mission. She hopes to expand her horizons about various issues regarding sustainability and community development in the Chicagoland area and in return apply those practices back in Denver, CO. When Jess is not in the office, she enjoys hiking in the rocky mountains of Colorado, listening to music, spending time with loved ones, and volunteering.
Summer CFS Intern 2014 Northwestern University
Maddy is a senior at Northwestern University, majoring in anthropology and minoring in psychology. She is psyched to join the Yellow Tractor team, bringing with her enthusiasm for health and wellness that parallels with YT’s mission. Outside of Yellow Tractor, Maddy plays Field Hockey for Northwestern. Her other interests include snowboarding, dabbling in new foods and cultures, and curling up with a good book.
Summer Intern 2014 Northwestern University
Daniel, an Economics major at Northwestern University, is eager to explore the intersection of business and non-profit. He is elated to be involved with The Yellow Tractor Project and is inspired by the organization’s drive towards wellness, health education and sustainability. Outside of Yellow Tractor, Daniel enjoys playing basketball, guitar and cooking delicious stews with freshly grown produce.
Karina de Hueck
Summer Intern 2014 Bowdoin College
Karina is from Evanston, Illinois. She recently graduated from Loyola Academy and will be heading to Bowdoin College in the fall, where she plans to major in philosophy. She is so happy to be interning for Yellow Tractor this summer. She loves its mission to promote health and wellness and is inspired by its creative approach to doing good. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, playing basketball and lacrosse, and hanging out at the beach or pool trying to get rid of her sock tan.
Summer CFS Intern 2014 Northwestern University
Neelam is a senior at Northwestern University majoring in Economics and minoring in Business Institutions and Global Health. In the future, she hopes to work with organizations that create social impact and promote health and wellness. She is honored to join Yellow Tractor and bring her passion for public health and sustainability to the team. Neelam loves the outdoors, travel, and learning about new cultures. In her free time, she can be found exploring Chicago, forcing her friends to recycle, and tackling her never-ending reading list, but she also appreciates her Netflix time.
Summer Intern 2014 University of Vermont
Julia’s interest in the Yellow tractor Project stems from her passion of helping people lead healthier and happier lives. She is proud to take part in an organization with a mission it is to promote health and wellness by planting beautiful community gardens. When not working at The Yellow Tractor Project, you can find her baking, playing tennis, or spending time with her friends and family.
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