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Evolving stories About Growing Food in a Big City

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Putting teeth into a Food Plan for Chicago

Cassandra West

An Austin resident prepares to plant vegetable in her community garden plot. /Seeding Chicago
An Austin resident prepares to plant vegetable in her community garden plot. /Seeding Chicago

More than 350 people from all over Chicago have spent the last 12 months working to draft a healthy food plan for the city. The plan is intended to guide public and private efforts to build a healthier food culture in Chicago.

The Chicago Departments of Housing and Economic Development, Public Health, and Family and Support Services, in collaboration with the Mayor's Office and diverse organizations and individuals across Chicago have supported the planning process. The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children is helping facilitate the process.

Anyone interested in creating a healthier food environment in Chicago is invited to attend the Final Planning Workshop Thursday, July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at UBS Tower, One North Wacker Drive. This workshop is intended to present the draft food plan and discuss implementation strategies. RSVP to M Snodgrass or 312-573-7799.

In the meantime, if you’re really serious about eating healthy, here’s a plan of action you can implement NOW: Buy fresh, local food. Support local farmers’ markets. Find your nearest one here. Eat produce that’s in season. Cook at home more. Plant a vegetable garden. Don’t have a patch of land? Grow vegetables in containers. Lettuce, fresh herbs and nutritionally rich kale, spinach and chard can be grown in pots.