Seeding Chicago grew from many long dinner conversations between two friends in summer 2009. One friend, Susan, was a new urban farmer, excited by the prospect of growing her favorite vegetables on the 10 x 10 plot she rented in the Woodlawn Community Garden. The other friend, Cassandra, was intrigued by the idea of growing food on a city block and would drive from the suburbs every few weeks to check out Susan’s crop and photograph its progress.
The more time the two friends spent at the community garden, the more they both realized that something far bigger than their fascination with urban farming was taking shape. Chicago was becoming a new epicenter for the burgeoning urban farming movement. Aspiring farmers in neighborhoods from Avondale to Logan Square to Woodlawn were planting the early seeds of a movement, which, now we see, is spreading like wild flowers.
We expect this year's growing season to be even more bountiful than the last.