Growing Power Chicago


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In a Nutshell

Converted industrial building flourishes with sustainable urban farming practices to help provide healthy food to the surrounding community

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  • $14 for a tour of Iron Street Farm for two ($10 value per person) with two take-home packets of seeds ($4 value each; $28 total value)
  • $28 for a tour of Iron Street Farm for four with four take-home packets of seeds ($56 total value)

Once an abandoned industrial building, Iron Street Farm is now a flourishing urban farm. Tour participants will get a good look at the unique production methods the facility relies on, including in-vessel composting, vermicompost, year-round hoop-house production, aquaponics, and mushroom chandeliers, along with animals such as goats and bees. Tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Growing Power

Growing Power provides the means for communities to grow and distribute healthy food among their own residents through three important functions: growing demonstrations, education, and food production. Demonstrations come in the form of workshops designed to teach locals of the Midwest, the South, and New England how to grow fresh produce. On the education side, outreach programs for farmers, youth, and entire communities help spread awareness about the importance of community agriculture. Finally, the organization produces food in demonstration greenhouses and rural and urban farms in the Midwest. It distributes the produce and grass-fed meat it produces through 300 family farms as part of the Rainbow Farmers Cooperative, and to local families through the Farm-to-City Market Basket Program. This way, the people the organization benefits can have access to nutritious food regardless of location, income, or scarecrow phobias.

Customer Reviews

An interesting tour, only takes about an hour.
Claudine M. · June 17, 2014

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