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Seeds of Change: Vertical Farming Comes to the South Side of Chicago

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Illustration by Adrien Binet

The Plant will occupy a three-story, 95,000 SF former meat processing plant

By Matt Baker
Sustainable Chicago
June 10, 2010

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Now, on Chicago’s south side, this concept is finally close to reality. The team behind the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center (CSMC) (see Innovation Incubation) is in the development stages of The Plant, the world’s first true vertical farm.

The Plant will occupy a three-story, 95,000 SF former meat processing plant in Back of the Yards. More than half that space, all on the upper floors and roof, will be dedicated to aquaponics, aeroponics, greenhouses and other agriculture space.

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June 21, 2010   1 Comment

At Hillsboro’s Intel, the community garden is a company perk with a purpose

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Jeanie Jarvis works at Intel, but is also a master gardener and helped initiate the garden at the Jones Farm plant. Photo by Michael Lloyd, The Oregonian

32,000-square-foot employee community garden

Katy Muldoon,
The Oregonian
June 18, 2010

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HILLSBORO — Tomatoes climb toward the sky. Spinach bolts over raised-bed walls. Podding radishes, already 4 feet tall, boast peppery seed pods bound for the salad bowl.

All of it grows in an unlikely spot — at the edge of a sprawling parking lot on Intel’s Jones Farm campus.

The 32,000-square-foot employee community garden, its 81 beds planted for the first time this spring, joins a handful of plots nationwide outside such companies as PepsiCo, Toyota and Aveda. Employees plant, weed and putter before work and after, during lunch breaks and on weekends.

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