For Healthier Tomorrows
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 to advocate for healthier tomorrows, physically, environmentally and economically.
Through the simple act of creating a garden, we enable organizations in under-served communities to deliver better health, nutrition, and well-being to the individuals they serve. We align volunteers, project partners and materials for an integrated approach to achieve the greatest sustianable impact. We encourage our corporate partners to become involved in these initiatives and help us to bring about real change for communities in need.
Sponsor a Yellow Tractor fruit and vegetable garden for a sustainable corporate citizenship project with an empasis on community engagement. Join visionary companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Edelman, Chicago who support public health initatives and the alliviation 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 partnerhsips and engagement channels including recipient groups for excess yield.
We welcome any size vounteer work force, universities, corporations, faith based groups, Girl and Boy Scouts and more. Chances are there is a Yellow Tractor "Dig Day" scheduled near you. Contact us for more information.
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.
Here's What We're Up To
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Partners & Supporters
Meet some of our project partners and supporters
The Yellow Tractor ECO Alliance
A Community of Colleges and Universities
Higher Education Makes Sustianable 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.
We're proud to partner as a turn-key organization on Smart from the Start, a comprehensive and competitive awards program launched by Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, National Parent Teacher Association and Discovery Education as a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative.
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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.
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.
Resident in Social Enterprise
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.
Robin hails from Menlo Park, California via Seattle University. As a Chicago-based writer focused on environmental issues and an avid supporter of local food systems, Robin enjoys promoting healthy, sustainable living through her work with The Yellow Tractor Project.
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.
Sales and Marketing
Peter comes to The Yellow Tractor Project with a vast knowledge of environmental sustainability and development. In Peter's free time he golfs, plays music, and skis when there are mountains around. Oh and he rides a bike with one gear and NO BRAKES!
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.
Brian believes that the health of our nation is a critical issue. He is proud to be a part of The Yellow Tractor Project and its mission to bring nutrition gardens to communities across the country. When Brian is not working with The Yellow Tractor Project, he enjoys spending his time reading up on the latest trends in technology and social impact and writing code.
Education and Project Sales
To Amelia, the most enjoyable part about working with The Yellow Tractor Project is seeing people engaging in health and wellness in new and innovative ways. She is thrilled to be collaborating with the wonderful team at The Yellow Tractor Project to encourage healthy lifestyles. You can find Amelia biking, reading, exploring the city or spending time with her loved ones.