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

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