Thursday, April 19, 2012
I was given an incredible opportunity to visit Growing Power's Iron Street farm last weekend with a group of students from my graduate program. Located near 35th and Ashland, this facility is a fairly new acquisition and the headquarters of all their Chicago farms. We were told that there were six total. Growing Power began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by former NBA player Will Allen. His daughter, Erica brought Will's concepts of farming, job training, and aquaponics to Chicago.
This summer, I've created a curriculum for an independent study regarding the investigation of justice in the food system. I'm utilizing this opportunity to learn as much as possible about urban agriculture initiatives in Chicago and the food system on a national level. My syllabus is chalked full of Michael Pollen, a handful of other books, 50+ journal articles, and a list of places to visit in the city.
This week I've finished Farm City by Novella Carpenter for the second time and have just begun The Omnivore's Dilemma which I've read sections of in the past.