Chicago Grown

Hugh Barton and Marcus Grant’s Urban Planning for Healthy Cities considers encouraging local production of healthy food part of their 12 Healthy Urban Planning objectives. This objective addresses the food deserts and obesity which tend to be more common in urban cities, like Chicago. According to The City of Chicago, it was last reported in August 2013 that there are approximately 122,998 living 1 mile or more away from the nearest grocery store. There is also still a large proportion of obesity among children in Chicago, especially in African American and Hispanic children:

 

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Screenshot from City of Chicago

 

I propose an idea that would help bring urban farming, healthy produce, and education to communities living in food deserts. Harlem Grown is an organization in Harlem, New York, is a non-profit organization focused on helping young children in urban communities learn how to grow their food and eat sustainably, as well as providing fresh produce to the community. There are already 100 learning gardens in Chicago, which are green spaces to help children learn how to grow plants and vegetables, however, an organization similar to Harlem Grown would be much more helpful in helping families bring more food to their tables as well as promoting healthy eating to children. The Video done by Munchies gives an idea on how helpful this is for the children and the community.

https://www.cityofchicago.org/dam/city/depts/cdph/CDPH/PublicHlthAgenda2011.pdf

https://us130urbansustainability.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/urban-planning-for-healthy-cities.pdf

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-16/news/ct-met-chicago-food-deserts-1016-20131016_1_fresh-moves-four-more-buses-food-desert-action

https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cdph/CDPH/OverweightObesityReportFeb272013.pdf

MUNCHIES Presents: Edible Schoolyard NYC

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2013/december_2013/mayor-emanuel-and-the-kitchen-community-announce-the-installatio.html

 

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One thought on “Chicago Grown

  1. It’s a great idea to incorporate green infrastructure into the city of Chicago in order to bring healthy, locally grown food to people that are lacking it. Creating more community gardens would also be beneficial in absorbing storm water so it can naturally cycle back into the system instead of ending up being polluted in sewer overflow. There are numerous empty lots around Chicago that could be used for small gardens; not to mention roof top gardens. The problem lies in obtaining that space and having it be maintained throughout the year.

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