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Mayor Emanuel Launches New “Farmers For Chicago” Network For Chicago Urban Farmers

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Rahm Emanuel tours the Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden. Photo by David Pierini.

New collaboration will provide farm trainees with support to launch food enterprises, make five acres of vacant city lots available to farm, and expand local supply chain for food retailers

Mayor’s Press Room
March 15, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Growing Power, a leading local urban agriculture organization, today announced the launch of Farmer’s for Chicago, a new program that will make available up to five acres of City-owned vacant lots for urban farming activity, and help expand the supply chain for local neighborhood-level food production and wholesale. The city lots will be prepared for local nonprofits that will be able to install food growing equipment, and train up to 20 people in urban farming and skills.

“Once made available, these vacant lots will help stabilize communities by bringing productive activity to areas that need it around food deserts,“ said Mayor Emanuel. “Farmers for Chicago will give local residents a chance to not only learn how to grow food in their communities, but also build their own food enterprise.”

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American Museum of Natural History’s Global Kitchen Invites You to Eat from Its Massive LED Vertical Farm

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Open until August 11th, 2013 – New York City

By Lori Zimmer
Inhabit
02/05/13

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The exhibition covers both historical and present day methods of farming as well as how food is transported, cooked and eaten all around the world. Visitors are first greeted with a futuristic scene – a floor-to-ceiling LED vertical farm. Glowing in red and blue lights, the lightweight structure supports a slew of edible plants within a massive vertical structure. An second vertical garden faces Central Park West in the museum’s windows. All of the herbs and produce grown in the museum’s gardens are used in the Global Kitchen food demonstrations, and are meant to be eaten and enjoyed by visitors.

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Truck & Barter Farms in New Orleans

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Kickstarter vacant lot project

By Robert Hohne

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If you drive around New Orleans you’ll notice that there are tons of vacant lots–especially in certain neighborhoods. So a few months back I thought it would be an awesome idea to turn one of them into a productive farm that could grow everything from micro greens to beets to okra. Well maybe not everything. But there is plenty that can be grown in the city, which actually presents several advantages over farming in a more rural environment.

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