Emanuel Urban Farm Network: Mayor Launches New Agriculture Plan To Transform Vacant Lots

Posted by Robyn, March 19, 2013

Michelle Obama, Rahm Emanuel
Under a recently-announced new agriculture plan, vacant lots on Chicago’s South Side could be transformed into thriving — and profitable — urban farms in just three years.

Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new plan, Farmers for Chicago, will make up to five acres of city-owned lots available to local non-profits who will in turn cultivate the land and create a network of area farmers, according to a Friday release from the city.

In a statement, Emanuel said the farm lots will help “stabilize” the surrounding communities and help relieve food desert-related issues. “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.”

via Emanuel Urban Farm Network: Mayor Launches New Agriculture Plan To Transform Vacant Lots.

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