Urban Farming in Chicago | Newberry

Urban Farming in Chicago

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Jim Montgomery, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Our modern industrial food production system is energy and resource intensive, relying on fossil fuels and large machinery, tremendous quantities of water and synthetic fertilizers. Increasing population growth, urbanization and globalization have resulted in the creation of large corporate industrial farms, resulting in the disenfranchisement and de-coupling of people from food production. Moreover, because a growing proportion of food is not consumed where it is produced, increasing numbers of city dwellers reside in food deserts where there is limited access to affordable, high-quality fresh food. This is a particularly serious problem in the city of Chicago, where today over 600,000 residents live in neighborhoods without major supermarkets, limiting their access to healthier and fresher foods. As the world’s urban population continues to grow, particularly in developing countries, there is increasing concern about whether these areas will be able to provide affordable access to nutritious food. Urban farming is being increasingly touted as a solution to increasing food access, in addition to providing other social, health and economic benefits, to urban dwellers. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the U.N. reports that as many as 800 million people worldwide engage in some form of urban farming, producing 15 to 20 percent of the world’s food.” The Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) has documented over 830 gardens and farms in Chicagoland communities, spanning the spectrum of socioeconomic conditions. Is urban farming the solution to eradicating food deserts and creating more sustainable cities? This seminar will explore this and many other questions from the perspective of the urban farming movement in Chicago.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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