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Advocates for Urban Agriculture Resource Page
Pages and Files
00. Wiki How-To
01. Why Urban Agriculture?
02. How to Get Land
03. Seeds, Compost, Soil, Building Materials, and Other Supplies
04. Education and Training
05. Livestock - Bees, Chickens, and more
06. Composting and Vermicomposting
07. How to Start a Community Garden
08. Grants and Funding
09. Neighborhood Greening Groups
10. How to Set Up a Farmers Market
11. Fresh Produce Donations to Emergency Food Providers
12. Local Food Policy
13. Print and Other Web Resources
01. Why Urban Agriculture?
Why Urban Agriculture?
With a strong, integrated plan for urban agriculture, the City of Chicago could reap the broadest community, economic, nutritional and environmental benefits. Such a plan would help Mayor Emanuel and Chicago residents realize a vision for Chicago as the “greenest city in the world.”
Improves the Environment and Enhances Quality of Life By
• Improving storm water collection.
• Increasing biodiversity.
• Reducing air pollution.
• Composting the 30% of the waste stream that is organic waste.
• Cleaning up the 70% of Chicago soil that is contaminated.
• Reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by not transporting agricultural products long distances.
• Reducing urban cooling energy requirements as a result of adding plants to the environment.
• Combating the nation's obesity epidemic and improving public health. Exposure to gardening and locally grown foods has a beneficial impact on dietary habits. Gardening is also great exercise!
Brings About Community Economic Development By
• Providing employment and supplemental income opportunities.
• Increasing overall economic activity in local communities.
• Increasing green open space and the property values and tax revenues near them.
• Allowing residents to save money by growing and/or buying locally.
• Reducing the costs of health care through the health and environmental benefits of gardening and eating fresh produce.
Enhances Food Security By
• Increasing the availability of healthy, affordable food for all.
• Teaching people how to grow their own food.
• Reducing the reliance on emergency food systems.
• Increasing residents’ access to local food and enabling them to spend "food dollars" on non-garden foods and other items.
Urban Agriculture is a
Proven Benefit to Urban Areas
• 40% of Toronto, Canada, residents grow some of their food in home or community gardens.
• Residents in Havana Cuba, produced 8500 tons of agricultural produce including 7.5 million eggs and 3,650 tons of meat in 1996 alone.
• The United Nations Development Program estimates that 15-20% of food is produced in urban areas world-wide, while cities get about 25% of their food from urban and peri-urban farms.
• Salem, Oregon, reports that urban land next to a “greenbelt” was worth $1,200.00 more per acre than land only 1000 feet away.
Advocates for Urban Agriculture (
), a coalition of organizations and individuals open to all interested in networking and advocating for urban agriculture in the Chicago area.
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