Slow Food USA picks up a piece from a blog called Real Time Farms that is well worth a look— it's about Growing Home, the farm in the Englewood area that provides healthy food via farmer's markets and CSAs to residents in the area and all over the city, and offers residents internships which help them learn gardening skills and transition to employment. We knew about it and have bought from them at the Green City Market, but we have to say we're impressed by the scope of what they've accomplished since the city sold them a plot in Englewood for a dollar:
In 2010, Growing Home’s Wood St. Urban Farm (the one I visited) grew and sold over 11,000 pounds of organic produce and brought in over $45,000 as income for the interns... With the links they have made with influential Chicago groups, it looks as if Growing Home is well on their way to accomplishing their ultimate goal: to make enough money off of their social enterprises to be able to give food away to the community members (which they already do) and be financially sustainable.
Read the whole piece. [Slow Food USA]