Muhammad University of Islam (MUI) Urban Farm provides students with an opportunity to recieve training in agricultural development and urban farming techniques. Students are trained in all aspects of urban farming from composting to maintaining crops. Students can harvest food and observe its journey from farm to farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurants, and local food pantries that feed the needy.
With the help of MUI teachers, trainers, interns and volunteers, students learn to grow a variety of produce such as navy beans, onions, tomatoes, corn, squash, watermelon, peppers, and herbs such as oregano, basil, and rosemary. The Urban farm maintains several species of livestock including Hens, Roosters, Goats and Bees.
MUI Urban Farm teaches students the importance of conservation. Students collect left over recyclables which are turned into mulch and taken through a specialized process creating a non-odorous fertilizer compost. The fertilizer is used in food production throughout MUI Urban Farm eliminating the need for harmful pesticides and helping to protect the environment.
Through hands-on field work, courses in food production and technical training MUI Urban Farm is preparing future leaders to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, including food insecurity. Students participate in class projects, interships, research, outreach, tours, workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on experience growing food that is healthy for people and the environment.
Muhammad University of Islam (MUI) Urban Farm is located on the grounds of Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Illinois. It is part of the Agricultural Sciences Program of Muhammad University of Islam. MUI Urban Farm is dedicated to preparing future leaders who can produce for themselves and their community. At Muhammad University of Islam Urban Farm, “Farming is the engine of our national life”.