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Ben Jaffe

Director, Urban Farm


Ben Jaffe is Director of the Chicago Lights Urban Farm. Having been with Chicago Lights for eight years, in his role as Director, he oversees all programs and staff on the ¾-acre site of the Urban Farm, 15 minutes from downtown Chicago in the Cabrini-Green/Near North neighborhood. Ben particularly enjoys seeing a diverse community gather around the Farm and building useful things out of wood. Prior to joining Chicago Lights, Ben taught the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program, worked as the Community Garden Liaison with the Chicago Park District, and worked on numerous rural farms on the East Coast and in the Midwest. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College and is a certified Professional Gardener (from the Chicago Botanic Garden). Outside of his work at Chicago Lights, Ben also has a rural vegetable farm he is developing 85 miles southeast of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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