Ground Broken on Englewood Urban Farm

Chicago is encouraging the development of urban farms, and one such farm broke ground in Englewood last month.

Honore Street Farm will be on 58th and 59th Street and managed by Growing Home, a nonprofit organic agriculture business that employs individuals who’ve had problems with employment instability or substance-abuse.

The surrounding neighborhood of Englewood is known to have food deserts – areas lacking retail outlets that sell fresh, healthy food. The farm will open next spring with hoop houses. For more than 20 years, the land had been an abandoned lot.

The farm is an extension of the existing Wood Street Farm, which operates on the next lot over and grows produce from arugula to spinach to tomatoes.

Vertical farms are one way of using space in dense cities to produce fresh food that requires little in energy or transportation investments to get to market.  These issues are explored in Roosevelt’s  SUST 230 Food seminar.  If you would like information on this or any other of our courses, visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.

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