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Chicago Urban Farming

Two Men, Two Farms and a Legacy We Can All Learn From

Nancy Kotting | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Nancy Kotting

Unknown to one another, Walter and Rex made the same decision in the end, and in so doing, have left us with a lesson anyone who eats food and walks on soil needs to know: Our connection to, and knowledge of, the food we eat, the land upon which we grow it and the people who plow, plant and pick it is more important to our future than all the money in the world.

The Urban Jungle: April Philips Has a Concrete Plan for Tasty City Landscapes

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

I witnessed April Philips help create the Dixie School Rain Garden, in Marin County, California, a few years ago. Philips can build a school garden with her eyes closed and one hand behind her back. That's chump change to her!

A Look At Chicago's 'Green City' Reputation

Posted 04.22.2013 | Chicago

It seems almost weekly that a new crop of cities is duking it out for the superlative title of "greenest" — and in the past decade, Chicago has stea...

Will Suburb's New 'Mega' Indoor Vertical Farm Be A Hit?

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. — Farming in abandoned warehouses has become a hot trend in the Midwest – with varying degrees of success – as mo...

Nation's Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Opens Its Doors

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

Occupying 90,000 square feet of a formerly abandoned suburban Chicago warehouse, FarmedHere is not only the first indoor vertical farm of its kind in ...

New Urban Ag Network Will Transform Vacant Lots Into Farmland

Posted 03.17.2013 | Chicago

Under a recently-announced new agriculture plan, vacant lots on Chicago's South Side could be transformed into thriving — and profitable — urban f...

Englewood Could Become Nation's Largest Urban Farming District

Posted 11.25.2012 | Chicago

Plans for an ambitious urban farming project have started on Chicago's South Side, where organizers hope the efforts can produce jobs, healthier food ...

Joseph Erbentraut

WATCH: Mobile Farm Aims To Kickstart Second Annual Tour

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Last year, Truck Farm Chicago was born. A mobile farm that travels to schools, festivals and farmers markets, Truck Farm Chicago brings urban agric...

Joseph Erbentraut

Bringing (Rooftop!) Urban Agriculture To Chicago's South Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

Last fall, when First Lady Michelle Obama came to Chicago to address where the city was coming up short in terms of food access for its residents, she...

Reports: Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

Posted 12.24.2011 | Chicago

With First Lady Michelle Obama slated to appear in Chicago Tuesday for a fundraising event focused on addressing the city's food desert problem, a lea...

Urban Farming Ordinance Approved By City Council

Posted 11.09.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council approved a zoning code amendment allowing for more widespread urban agriculture Thursday. As WBEZ reports, the zoning code...

Emanuel Plans Big Boost For Urban Farms, Reversing Daley's Course

Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

In a pointed reversal of his predecessor's policies, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Tuesday that he is supporting an ordinance that would all...