Pick of the Day: Emanuel Urban Farm Network – Mayor Launches New Agriculture Plan To Transform Vacant Lots – The Huffington Post

First lady Michelle Obama, center and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shaking hands, visit Iron Street Urban Farm, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

First lady Michelle Obama, center and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shaking hands, visit Iron Street Urban Farm, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

‘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. […]

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.” ‘

Read the whole story on the Huffington Post: Emanuel Urban Farm Network: Mayor Launches New Agriculture Plan To Transform Vacant Lots.

You can download the Mayor’s press release here: http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/mayor/Press%20Room/Press%20Releases/2013/March/3.15.13UrbanFarmers.pdf

About Ares

Ares Kalandides holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the National Technical University of Athens. He is the founder and CEO of Inpolis, an international consultancy based in Berlin, Germany and has implement several projects around the world. Ares teaches Urban Economics at the Technical University in Berlin and Metropolitan Studies at NYU Berlin.
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