Tag Archive for Urban agriculture

Operation sunshine

Latoya and her two daughters moved with a small band of “guerilla gardeners” down the block from the URBAN ART RETREAT (UAR) gallery to this lot, to give back to the worms and transform neglected patches of land on May 1, International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day.

Betting the Farm

Darion Crawford, compost manager, is pointing down the length of Iron Street Farm. I’m standing with him on the roof of a warehouse in industrial Bridgeport, just across the street from PepsiCo Chicago and just across the river from the smokestacks of some industrial plant.

Finding Common Ground

Benjamin Murphy wedges his cigarette butt into the gray planks of a picnic table and squints, surveying his sanctuary. In the fading light of a late-May Thursday afternoon, the 65th and Woodlawn Community Garden resembles a living patchwork quilt–some plots…

Home sweet homegrown

Erika Allen, Chicago project manager of the urban agriculture nonprofit Growing Power, Inc., spoke last Friday at the KAM Isaiah Israel synagogue about the organization’s recent efforts to increase food quality and food literacy within Chicago communities. Growing Power was…