Save the Urban Farm at 444 W Chicago Ave in Cabrini-Green
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Save the Urban Farm at 444 W Chicago Ave in Cabrini-Green

    1. Petition by

      Deborah Mitchell

Chicago's Cabrini-Green for decades was synonymous with the failure of public housing. But in 2003 a Michigan Avenue neighbor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, purchased & began to lease a parcel of land at 444 W Chicago and an Urban Farm took root that had residents flock. For some there came the miracle of growing & learning to grow their own food; for others a source of affordable produce.

The Farm became the last holdout in 2011 when most housing was dismantled. It continues as an oasis for those who remain, for Cabrini residents displaced to other neighborhoods & a found gem for new gentry, under the stewardship of Chicago Lights, the nonprofit managing the Urban Farm along with Growing Power. However, Fourth Presbyterian will sell the plot to a developer unless Chicago Lights can successfully exercise first option to purchase it.

If the site is lost, Chicago Lights Urban Farm—with the dreams that are born there, the health & home that it provides—will end in a short time. But if secured, operations will continue and expand… including someday a Community Center (with rooftop farming) housing more events, nutrition classes, job training, business education, Farm products & sales—produce, fish, honey, flower baskets, teas, soaps, lotions.

Save the neighborhood anchor & realize this vision: Voice your support to the Board of Chicago Lights in its effort to buy the land from Fourth Presbyterian Church. Go to Save444.org for more information.

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    • Mike Bryson CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      This urban farm is an oasis of food, education, community, and economic opportunity in a neighborhood of great need. I have worked there with my students this spring, and the people committed to its success are amazing folks who do phenomenal work with children, young adults, others in the community.

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    • Mike Bryson CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      This urban farm is a critical asset for the Cabrini-Green community. Losing it would be a tremendous loss for its residents, especially the young people who work at the farm as job interns and visit it for food, educational programming, and social events.

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    • Thelma Hoogland OAK FOREST, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Losing this site to commercial interests would be tragic. Please don't let our Cabrini neighbors down by selling this plot "out from under them."

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    • Melanie Schikore ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      All the time we hear in church about helping your neighbors, taking care of each other. Here is an example that is so glaring. How can any preacher word be believed if the actions don't match the words. I hope Fourth Pres will do the right thing. What would Jesus do?

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    • Kristin Katsenes CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Im a current volunteer- COME AND SPEND ONE DAY AT THE FARM and you'll see how you simply can NOT get rid of it! Please help!

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