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Urban farming makes its debut on DePaul University campus in Chicago


UFO experiments with recycled Gatorade bottles to house some of their plants. Photo by Megan Deppen.

The Urban Farming Organization (UFO)

By Megan Deppen
The DePaulia
September 30, 2012

Excerpt:

The Urban Farming Organization (UFO) at DePaul is one of the many urban farms blossoming at universities and city parks in Chicago. A city tour of urban farms hosted by the Chicago Higher Education Sustainable Food Systems Network showcased farms from Loyola University, Schrieber Park, the City Farm and UFO’s own DePaul Urban Garden (DUG) Sept. 22 – and no, there were not any crop circles.

UFO has provided a new way to abduct involve college students in Chicago.

The Chicago Higher Education Sustainable Food Systems Network is a collaborative effort amongst universities in Chicago including DePaul, UIC, IIT, the University of Chicago, Loyola and more. Founded by DePaul’s own Howard Rosing and Professor Rodger Cooley from the Illinois Institute of Technology, the network’s mission is to “create dialogue that can lead to multi-institutional, community-engaged and scholarly projects in support of sustainable food systems.”

According to Rosing, the success of urban agriculture lies in establishments like the Network. “There’s no one institution that can have all the resources and outreach mechanisms for supporting agriculture,” said Rosing. “Through collaboration, (universities) can work together to support food system development in city.”

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