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The Growing Trend of Urban Farming in Chicagoland

Fri March 21 2014 4:03 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=69010
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In the Loop 307 – Urban Farming, the Governor’s race, celebrities nixing vaccinations, and cigarettes harder to find (March 20, 2014).

At Urban farming at Iron Street Industrial Office complex, Tyres Walker, Urban Farmer, grows acres of spinach, tomatoes and more. For many being an urban farmer, like Devonjah Wallace, helps hims stay out of trouble. He says without farming, he’s be dead or in jail.

Urban farming is a growing trend here in Chicagoland. Farmed here sustainable indoor vertical farming opened a 90,000 square foot indoor growing center in Bedford Park. Foods grown here are sold at Whole Foods, Mariano’s, Fresh Farms and other grocers.

Plants take root in water under fluorescent lights, and tilapia is grown in large tanks provide the fertilizer.

Iron Street Farm
Growing Power’s Iron Street Urban Farm is a 7-acre site on Chicago’s south side that produces local, healthy, and sustainable food year-round with a focus on serving, training, and engaging vulnerable populations.

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Food from Iron Street Farm is available from four Chicago Markets:

Green City Market (vendor since 2003)

Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through December, 7am – 1:00pm

Intersection of LaSalle and Clark Street in Lincoln Park.

61st Street Experimental Station Farmer’s Market (vendor since 2008)

Saturdays, May through December, 9am to 1pm.

Intersection of Dorchester Avenue and 61st Street.

Chicago Lights Urban Farm

Saturdays, June through November, 10am to 2pm.

Intersection of Chicago Avenue and Hudson Street.

Englewood Farmer’s Market (vendor since 2008)

Thursdays, June through October, 10am to 2pm.

Intersection of Ashland and 65th Street.

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