09/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Garden Grows In Cabrini

Eventually, the land at City Farm in Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood will sell for millions of dollars and a development deal.

But for now, it supports 98 types of organic vegetables and herbs, and the largest crop of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes in Chicago.

"We're going to have 25 varieties of heirloom tomatoes coming up and 30 varieties of hot peppers, and eggplant and potatoes," says Tim Wilson, 25, City Farm's director of urban agriculture, and a farmer himself.

The farm, on an acre and a quarter of city-owned land, was founded by Chicago recycling pioneer Ken Dunn, who established City Farm in 2000 as a way to convert unused property in economically challenged neighborhoods into fresh produce, jobs and learning opportunities.

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