Windy City Harvest takes elitism out of urban farming and fresh produce - Medill Reports Chicago
By Briana Garrett Medill Reports The modern farmer is changing fast, with the terrain for food production and urban farming at the center of this transition. Urban farming can mean produce gardens in backyards, rooftops and assigned city land plots as well as farming systems such as aquaponics, an agricultural approach where fish wastes nourish […]
Urban agriculture can help, but not solve, city food security problems | Penn State University
While urban agriculture can play a role in supporting food supply chains for many major American cities — contributing to food diversity, sustainability and localizing food systems — researchers say it is unrealistic to expect rooftop gardens, community plots and the like to provide the majority of nutrition for the population of a metropolis.
Last Year It Cost $5 For West Side Community Gardens To Tap Into City Water. Now The Price Is $1,700
NORTH LAWNDALE — New city regulations have left community gardens high and dry when it comes to getting the water they need for produce to thrive. Until recently, gardeners were able to tap a hose into fire hydrants using a vacuum breaker, a piece of equipment that costs about $5 and is designed to prevent […]
CCE sows seeds to grow urban agriculture | Cornell Chronicle
Specialists from Cornell Cooperative Extension are helping urban farmers from Buffalo to New York City make the most of confined spaces and unique growing conditions.
Urban Agriculture Community Planting Seeds For More Fruitful Relationship With New Mayor, City Council
Advocates for Urban Agriculture plans to deploy Ward Ambassadors to press the new administration for long overdue changes to the city's urban agriculture policies.
Flower Farms Help Kids Learn About Business, Nature While Building Up South Side Neighborhoods
CHICAGO — South Side teens and kids are transforming vacant lots into flower farms on the South Side. The flower farms are part of a program from Eco House Chicago, an organization that is working to rebuild economically depressed South and West side neighborhoods through environmentally friendly education and business opportunities. Eco House, which now has […]
West Side Students Getting In The Hot Sauce Business By Growing Peppers At Home
NORTH LAWNDALE — Young people on the West Side are growing hot chili peppers as a cash crop to earn some spare pocket money for the summer. The pepper project was organized by the Young Men’s Educational Network as a way to give young folks some extra cash while also teaching them an important lesson […]
Chicago's Urban Farmers Taking A Hard Hit During The Pandemic
Agriculture has taken a hard hit by COVID-19 and Herban Produce is no exception. A vast majority of those buying the crops are local restaurants desiring fresh produce.
Commercial Greenhouses May Be The Future of Urban Farming In Chicago — Free Spirit Media
Urban farming has long been touted by agriculture advocates and enthusiasts as the future of the food and produce industry. However, as Chicago’s urban agriculture ecosystem has evolved and expanded, so have the complications associated with their operation.
Tiny Star Farm Aims to Transform the Neighborhood That Meatpacking Built
Star Farm in Back of the Yards makes up for in ambition what it lacks in size. Founder Stephanie Dunn’s mission is to use urban agriculture as the means of creating a healthier, more resilient community.
Urban farmers show FAITH at downtown Gary site on Carolina Street
In its first four years the farm managed to raise production to between 12,000 and 15,000 pounds of food each season.
Fort Pierce man goes viral, captures internet with his unusual garden
Corey Paul, a father of six, stood in the backyard of his seafoam green single family home in Fort Pierce as he discussed his new-found internet fame. A photo of him in his urban garden is circulating on Reddit, one of the most-used social media platforms in the world. That photo was posted to Reddit by a member of the Fort Pierce Connection. "Once I found the post it was like at 7,000 likes or whatever," Paul said. "Couple minutes later, I went back and it was at 15. I was like whoa. "
Free Extension Webinars for Small Farmers
DECATUR, Ill. — During winters, farmers may not be out in their fields, but that doesn’t mean they are taking a break. Starting in January, University of Illinois Extension is providing a weekly educational webinar series for the small farm community. This online series will provide small farm producers practical knowledge on the leading practices in emerging topics that advance local food production.
Gotham Greens Opens Largest Urban Agriculture Campus In Chicago
/PRNewswire/ -- Gotham Greens, a pioneer in indoor greenhouse agriculture and a leading fresh produce and food company, today opened its largest greenhouse in...