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Lightfoot Administration Seeks to Spur Urban Agriculture

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and partner agency NeighborSpace on Friday announced the first round of applications for the City’s Community Growers Program are open until April 1.

This program, designed in partnership with the City of Chicago Food Equity Council, is a $2-million investment in urban agriculture with the goal to increase food equity in communities with a history of disinvestment by encouraging the development of urban agriculture sites by local growers. It’s aimed at projects on the city’s South, Southwest and West Sides.  

“Through the Community Growers Program, we’re looking forward to working with NeighborSpace to support a more inclusive, sustainable urban agriculture ecosystem,” said BACP Commissioner Kenneth J. Meyer. “Chicago has a long history of urban agriculture and with an increased investment of resources, we are continuing this tradition.” 

Pictured: Urban farm in Chicago Photo credit: Linda from Chicago, USA/Wikipedia.


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