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SWF Launches the ISEIF Smart Pod Project to Build a Living, Learning Smart Grid Laboratory 

After a series of planning calls throughout this winter, the Smart Pod Project, officially launched in March with a full site visit and planning session between Sweet Water Foundation staff and project partner organizations including Chicago Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CPS CTE), CPS Chicago Builds, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

humans of sweet ARMANI MCCALISTER


In June 2017, Armani was introduced to Sweet Water Foundation through a friend who worked at the organization. “He told me to come up here to talk to Emmanuel...and that’s what I did.” Just like that, Armani began working at SWF. At first, his work centered on the farm, but now, Armani is a junior level apprentice, working on carpentry projects throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces REDUX: SWF Partners with Freedom by Design Students at IIT

Building upon the momentum of the past several years of the Sweet Water Foundation’s Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces Program in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust’s Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning, SWF has engaged in a design-build collaboration with the Freedom by Design Group at IIT.


Transforming 'Blight' to Life.

Sweet Water Foundation utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, locally-grown food , and affordable housing.


Regenerative Neighborhood Development


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy