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Chicago Hospital Rooftop Farm toured 70 people – leadership and CEOs from hospitals across the country

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They loved giving back and connecting with the community. A few of the attendees had never planted in a garden before, so they welcomed getting their hands dirty after sitting in meetings.

Weiss Memorial Hospital
Jan. 2017

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The farm and Uptown Farmers Market at Weiss began in 2009. Nearly 30,000 visitors, including 700 children from local schools and Chicago Park District camps, have stopped by for tours. Soup kitchens and food pantries receive food donations regularly, and chefs from five restaurants in Uptown shop the market. The initiative also won Weiss the 2011 Governor’s Hometown Award.

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February 6, 2017   Comments Off on Chicago Hospital Rooftop Farm toured 70 people – leadership and CEOs from hospitals across the country

Mexico’s Ancient Floating Gardens Double As An Experiment In Urban Farming

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Ricardo Rodriguez, founder of the De La Chinampa a Tu Mesa program. (Naomi Tomky)

When the Spanish arrived in 1519, they drained many of the lakes, shrinking Xochimilco’s agricultural capacity, and forbade the cultivation of indigenous products like chia, a seed favored for its nutritional properties.

By Naomi Tomky
smithsonian.com
January 31, 2017

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But weekdays, calm descends and the garden’s age-long purpose—as a place to cultivate crops—comes into relief. Ricardo Rodriguez, a 41-year-old pioneer in Mexico’s urban agriculture movement, is my guide through the quiet backside of the chinampas (floating islands) where Rodriguez helps the local farmers who are revitalizing traditional agriculture.

Rodriquez has nothing against the usual eating, drinking, and partying that goes on in the park. But he is quick to emphasize, “That’s just one of the three parts of Xochimilco.” The second part is the commercial farms that propagate huge fields of flowers using pesticides.

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