About Sunflower City

Sunflower City grew from a small research project conducted at the corner of 43rd and Greenwood in 2012. The research was looking at growing a crop that both remediates toxins and heavy metals from soil while also growing oil seed that can be used for clean energy production. But it was the response from the neighborhood that was the most important aspect of the project and which has given meaning to the work of Sunflower City. Infusing natural beauty into the urban landscape is the primary work of Sunflower City.

Sunflower City is a 501(c)(3) NFP organization.

Beauty, Nature and the City

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” Eleonora Duse

The responsibility of our society is to celebrate and to remind each other of our inherent beauty, of our self-worth and of our capacity to love. This is the most pressing work to be done by all who live in Chicago. To remember this will lead this city to support, nurture and protect life.

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Cut Flowers


Sunflower City focuses on creating productive land through cut flower farming. Cut flowers are a way to bring revenue to Chicago communities, expand the scope of urban agriculture in the city and increase the versatility of products that can be offered to support emerging local agricultural markets. This work is being done to support all of the urban agriculture taking place in the city and to continue supporting the greater initiative of introducing younger generations to the world of farming, agriculture, horticulture and environmental stewardship.

Research & Development

Sunflower City is creating educational platforms around plant oils and soil health.

Sunflower oil and plants oils can be used as a replacement for petroleum-based products. Sunflower oil and plant oil can be used in variety of products that include clean energy, lubricants, soaps and packaging such as bioplastics. The emerging field of plant oils as replacement to petroleum oils is another component that can be added to STEM curriculums in the city.

As the understanding of soil contamination increases in the city of Chicago, Sunflower City is researching two methods to alleviate this issue. In 2018 Sunflower City is looking at phytoremdiation vs phytostabilzation as methods to address soil contamination and increase soil health in Chicago.

Addiontionally, Sunflower City is growing sunflowers on an acre of land in Washington Park. This effort decreases the use of fossil fuels to manage and maintain vacant land.


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Sunflower City implements “functional agricultural” and conducts R&D to determine which products will benefit the communities, in which sunflowers are grown, the most.

Sunflowers are only in full bloom for a short period of time. They usually only last a week or two, depending on the weather. If you want to witness this spectacle, be prepared to act quickly.

Stay up to date on the latest developments by checking the website and our social media.

Address: 5345 S. Prairie Ave, Chicago, 60615

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