I arrived in Chicago yesterday for an annual conference with a few hours to spare so I took the opportunity to go see City Farm in person! I have been looking forward to seeing this fantastic piece of urban farming/city renewal since I wrote about it in January, unfortunately the three days I am here are the three days they are closed to the public. Undeterred, I figured i could at least view it from the outside and see how the new location at W Division Street is coming along.
The very warm, but tired Farm Director, Meredith, saw me taking pictures and came out to chat with me. Despite being at the farm since 5 am picking produce for the Farmer’s Market, she gave me a micro-tour and we chatted about growing food.
The lot looks even bigger in person and wraps north and east sides of the Chicago Fire Department building – the brick building to the right.
It is wonderful to see young people engaging in a type of agriculture that doesn’t just build farms, it builds communities. If you are ever in Chicago, preferably Wednesday-Saturday make this a must-visit!