Why Chicago Is Becoming The Country’s Urban Farming Capital

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by

When you walk into Farmed Here’s 90,000-square-foot warehouse in Bedford Park, a sleepy industrial outpost about 15 miles southwest of Chicago, you might not immediately register that you’re standing in the second coming of the locavore movement. But then you get inside and smell basil—along with baby greens, broccoli, and kale—all of it bathed in […]

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15 Ways Urban Farming Can Revitalize a Neighborhood—and Help Farmers Too

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops? That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the […]

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Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC’s First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by

The farmer-in-residence is Zaro Bates, and she’s a 26-year-old from Brooklyn who is running the 4,500-square foot commercial farm built above an underground parking garage. Bates, with the help of her husband and business partner, Asher Landes, 29, who manages the complex’s apiary, are in the midst of their first growing season that’s already produced thousands of pounds […]

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