Our farm is built in an 18,000 square foot refurbished abandoned printing factory right in the heart of the industrial corridor of Pilsen. Leafy greens, herbs, micro greens, and edible flowers fill the rows on our farm year-round in a controlled environment, monitored closely to ensure efficiency, without the use of pesticides or herbicides.
Agricultural soil management accounts for 9% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions (EPA 2014) and nearly 80% of consumptive water in the states are used for farming (USDA 2016).
These statistics are quite significant – we wanted to avoid being part of the problem and create a solution that combined environmentally friendly practices, offered transparency to the consumer, and maintained the quality of our products. Hydroponic farming combines all of these assets by eliminating the need for soil and using up to 2/3 less water than traditional farming methods while keeping the incredibly fresh flavor and tender texture of our produce.
We partner with some of the best chefs and independent grocers in Chicago, harvesting and delivering produce the same day for peak freshness and flavor. We’ve launched a restaurant snapware exchange program with local chefs – we package our greens in reusable, sealed kitchen snapware for deliveries, which we replace on our return for the next order, exchanging the snapware for reuse with future deliveries. This minimizes waste, eliminates harmful plastics and allows chefs to store the product directly from delivery, while keeping the produce in perfect condition.
Our goal is simple – we want to work with local restaurants, independent grocers, food co-ops, institutions and farmers markets to provide sustainable, environmentally conscious produce that tastes the way nature intended.If you’d like to have our products at your restaurant or on the shelves of your business, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.
Thank you from all of us at Windy City Greens
Patrick “PJ” Mazza is the man. The businessman, that is. Born and raised in Lincolnshire, the Phish fan is one of the founders of Windy City Greens whose passion for horticulture and sustainability led him and a few friends to create the company that he loves today. After years in the travel industry working alongside his father at Bannockburn Travel Management, jetting across the globe like a boss with FCM Travel Solutions, and managing at Atlas Travel, PJ found his calling in the gritty world of indoor agriculture where he takes pride in the outpouring of support for the new venture.
“I love working with people and collaborating with some of the best chefs in the world, right here in Chicago. I’m honored to be a part of such a solid team. We all work so hard.”
When he’s not chowing down on veal Milanese or hanging out with his kids, Dominic and Francesca (who are ridiculously adorable), PJ can be found fishing, boating, hiking and pretending to be a sick guitarist. Fun fact, there’s a guitar in his office that no one has heard him play.
Chris Johnson has spent the last 12 years as a wilderness therapy instructor, white water rafting guide, ski instructor, and scuba diving instructor throughout the US, India, Nepal, and the Spanish Virgin Islands. Basically his passport looks like a toddler’s art project at this point. Also from Lincolnshire, Chris graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Social Work and Recreational Management. His experience working with people of all backgrounds made him ideal for a sales position at Windy City Greens where he is now known as the “greens pusher”.
“I get to experience life on every level here. You watch a plant grow from seed to harvest and it’s incredible, just to see the cycle of life right in front of your eyes. I appreciate the chance to educate people on local food and so much more.”
When he’s not selling the healthy stuff, Chris is spending time with his adventurous son Emmons (wonder where he gets it from), hiking, running rivers, mountain biking, fly-fishing and snowboarding. Side-note, Emmons is a pretty cool dude.
Andy McCall hails from River Forest. After attending DePaul University for a few years, he joined a tech startup and found a passion for building companies from the ground up. A man of many talents, (he rides a 1960 Harley-Davidson XLCH, plays the drums and he can hold his breath for a really long time) Andy joined Windy City Greens after expressing an interest in the urban farming revolution and we wanted him on our team as soon as he told us he can fix things. His experience in the startup industry along with his knowledge in coding has helped the company streamline growing operations. PSA – coding is cool kids.
“My favorite thing about this company is being able to see the incredible growth of plants right before my eyes, day-to-day and week-to-week. It’s cool to see how your work pays off from seed to harvest.”
Andy is a huge proponent of micro greens on pizza, more specifically Hong Vit - #teamHongVit. He credits Lil Uzi Vert with getting him through the day with lines like “come back and win like you’re Ronda Rousey”. Inspiring to say the least.