Sunday, November 9, 2008

City Farming

Read an interesting article in Grit called Farming in the City about a guy, Ken Dunn who founded the Resource Center which operates a mini "farm" in an urban Chicago lot. Amazingly, City Farm grows over 80 varieties of produce on 1 acre and employs 4 full time people -- not to mention selling to numerous area restaurants and operating an on-site produce stand!

His vision is to turn more (if not all) of Chicago's vacant lots into farms. This is very very cool to me -- for not only is it employing low-income people who might otherwise not have a job at all, but also helping to provide one of the country's hugest urban areas with some of the freshest food available. That's what I call progress!

City Farm even takes some of the local restaurants kitchen "wastes" for their compost pile.

They provide education on food production to visiting schools, too.

I'm impressed.

1 comment:

Rusty Shackleford said...

Hey, yeah! I saw that guy on TV one time. Pretty interesting stuff. Also, on the same program, I saw people using recyclables to build these mini floating plant islands that they put in lakes and ponds to help control water purity and marine life... I can't remember what it was called, but it was a really cool idea. I'll try to remember what tv show it was... some environmental people got together and did a bus trip across America (they even had a greenhouse on top of their bus!) and saw all kinds of innovative environmental things people were doing. It was cool.