WCPT's Urban Ag Report

 

 

See what’s happening on the Urban Agriculture scene in the Chicago Metro area – and what you can do get involved and help out. We encourage you to get involved and support urban agriculture. Is your organization a good candidate for our Urban Ag Reports? CLICK HERE to download the submission form.
 

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Growing Home

Growing Home, a non-profit with a mission to promote organic agriculture through job training, employment and community development, will hold an open house at its Wood Street Urban Farm, on Sunday, August 6 from noon to 3 pm. Wood Street Urban Farm is Chicago’s first year-round USDA-Certified Organic farm. Come take a tour of the farm, enjoy a cookout, see gardening demonstrations, a cooking competition, and get some veggies to take home from the organic farm stand. We encourage you to get involved and visit the Wood Street Urban Farm on August 6th to help support local and sustainable food systems.

 You can learn more about the Growing Home at http://www.growinghomeinc.org

 CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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The Advocates for Urban Agriculture

The Advocates for Urban Agriculture Autumn Meeting is on September 29th in the Jensen Room at the Garfield Park Conservatory – 300 North Central Park Ave, in Chicago.  The meeting will be from six to eight pm and will feature a slide show of local urban roof tops, gardens and farms that are providing food for their communities.  There will also be a guest speaker panel to discuss urban land use. AUA advocates for sound urban agriculture policy, and connects people and projects for the sharing of information, resources and growing practices.   Locally grown food means healthy communities.

We encourage you to join us at the AUA meeting on September 29th.  You can learn more about it at auachicago.word press.com

CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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Windy City Harvest

Windy City Harvest is an organic-method vegetable- and plant-growing enterprise that provides certificate instruction in sustainable horticulture. It is delivered by the Chicago Botanic Garden in partnership with Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.  Windy City Harvest trains people in urban agriculture best practices, develops collaborations that benefit communities, and produces high-value, nutritious produce that is sold at retail outlets and made available and affordable for local residents.

 You can learn more about the Windy City Harvest at http://www.chicago-botanic.org/windycityharvest/

 CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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Green Youth Farm

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm. The Green Youth Farm program offers students the opportunity to learn all aspects of organic farming — from planting seeds and managing a hive of bees; to cooking with the food they grow and selling it at farmstands and markets. By the end of the season, participants have learned how to work together as a team and have gained valuable job skills. They have discovered a whole new way to look at the food they eat and the world around them. The Green Youth Farm has multiple growing locations in Chicago and the suburbs.

 You can learn more about
the Green Youth Farm at www.chicago-botanic.org/greenyouthfarm

CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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Cob Connection

Cob Connection's mission is to create food security and healthy green space in low-income food desert communities. They educate residents with barriers to employment in the concepts and skills of urban agriculture and agro-forestry. Program participants learn to organize and green their neighborhoods by building local farms that employ people, and revitalize local economies. Cob Connection focuses its work in Humboldt Park and other Chicago communities. Most of the vegetable crops that Cob grows are distributed through local farmers markets or donated to food pantries.

 You can learn more about Cob Connection, and how to volunteer on specific projects at
www.cobconnection.org


CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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Peterson Garden

The Peterson Garden, located at the corner of Peterson and Campbell on Chicago’s north side. Peterson garden is a community garden on the site of an actual World War 2 Victory garden. This revival Victory Garden is being launched for the 2010 growing season for Chicago residents who, like those gardeners almost 70 years ago, want to work with their neighbors to grow their own food. By working together on a group project, neighbors are learning about sustainable living and are building a stronger  community. A portion of what the folks working at the Peterson Garden grow will be donated to food pantries in the 40th ward.

You can learn more about this terrific local project at
www.petersongarden.org


CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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Urban Eden Farm

Urban Eden Farm is located at 43rd Place and Shields in the Fuller Park Community, on Chicago’s South Side. The mission of Urban Eden Farm is to provide fresh locally grown produce to community residents and to inform people about healthy food and the soil it’s grown in. The staff and volunteers at Urban Eden Farm grow a wide variety of vegetables, have an active composting program and offer many educational activities for local children. Urban Eden Farm is a grass roots organization that educates their neighbors about environmental issues and how to live healthy in an urban community.

You can learn more about this terrific local project at www.edenplacenaturecenter.com.

CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Advocates for Urban Agriculture, or AUA, seeks to expand and strengthen urban agriculture in the Chicago metro area - including home and community gardens, market gardens and small farms. AUA advocates for sound urban agriculture policy, and connects people and projects for the sharing of information, resources and growing practices. Advocates for urban Agriculture envisions a flourishing food system as an integral part of community development, food security, environmental sustainability and overall quality of life. Locally grown food means healthy communities.

You can learn more about AUA and the member organizations, how to join, or volunteer on specific projects at www.auachicago.wordpress.com.

CLICK HERE to listen to the Urban Ag Update that aired on WCPT!

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