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Summer at the Hull-House Farm: Episode 3

Cassandra West

We're back with our latest episode on the Hull-House Heirloom Farm, located at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. When we checked in July 1 with farm director Ryan Beck, he was in the middle of talking with a group of students visiting from Northwestern University, explaining the rewards and challenges of managing an urban farm.

On this day, we could see just how much the vegetables had exploded since our last visit. Summer greens were at their peak, ready for harvesting, which Ryan said takes a lot of his time now. Butterflies and bees were busy in the garden, and the sun was high in the sky, generating lots of good summertime growing heat.

In this episode, we talk with one of the farm's volunteers, a visiting students, and, of course, Ryan, who was trying his best to beat the heat and stay on top of his booming crops.