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.