Back by popular demand – The Good Food Festival & Conference visited four cutting edge urban farms around Chicago’s south side!
With Dan Schnitzer, Director of Sustainability and Operations at the Academy for Global Citizenship, as tour leader and Ron Nowicki of the Land Office assisting, 50 luck Festival goers toured four of the leading farm sites, community programs, and sustainability incubators in Chicago. Then they joined us in the afternoon for the rest of the awesome programs and workshops at the Good Food Festival! We had so much fun on this tour in 2012 that we had to bring it back.
- Windy City Harvest, a project of the Chicago Botanic Gardens, is a job training program that works with the City Colleges of Chicago to offer a certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Urban Agriculture!
- The Plant, located in Back of the Yards, is one of the most innovative and exciting urban farm and food projects in Chicago, or maybe in the country! They’ve got a rooftop farm, an outdoor farm, aquaponics, hydroponics, mushroom growing, a bakery with a wood fired oven, a brewery, a Kombucha brewery, and more. Even more exciting, they’re building an anaerobic digester to convert their food waste into energy!
- Growing Home is an innovative job training program for formerly homeless or incarcerated people. They just won an award for the Outstanding Community Strategy of the Year from the Chicago Community Trust. You can see where it all began at their Wood St. Farm!
- Growing Power is one of the best known urban agriculture organizations in the country. Their founder, Will Allen, won a MacArthur Genius Fellowship in 2008 for his work in Milwaukee. We’ll be visiting their awesome Iron Street Farm, where their Chicago operations are centered.
Hope you’ll join us in 2014!