Cultivate Collective

Cultivate Collective is a national model for holistic community revitalization that that unites education, wellness, sustainability and economic vitality to create a resilient, equitable, and vibrant future for all. Located within the center of the LeClaire Courts public housing community, Cultivate seeks to provide an evidenced-based and integrative model for addressing systemic inequality by providing health care, fresh food access, community gardens, nature-based play scapes, neighborhood walking trails, vital services, whole child education, and wellness programming.

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Our Campus

Completed in the fall of 2023, Cultivate Collective's first phase of construction houses the Academy for Global Citizenship's K-8 public school, an early childhood Head Start center, a community health care center, three-acre urban farm, neighborhood marketplace, six teaching kitchens, and a range of community wellness programs and amenities. Cultivate's second phase places a heavy emphasis on economic development and community wealth generation through a training hub focused on equitable inclusion in the growth of the clean economy and will also include an environmental learning lab and teacher training institute.

The Cultivate Hub is on track to meet the world’s most ambitious standards for sustainability through the Living Building Challenge, which most notably refers to net-positive energy and water, with 550 kW of solar energy on-site in addition to 50 geothermal wells and battery storage to ensure climate resiliency. Adjacent to our 71,000 square foot facility are ample outdoor community spaces, community gardens, and walking trails for convening and programming. Over three acres of the six acre site will be dedicated to nature, food production, regenerative agriculture orchards, and beautification.

The Cultivate Hub is projected to welcome over 10,000 visitors on an annual basis to learn from its community revitalization framework, innovative educational methods, and unparalleled sustainability features.