Urban-farm road trip: City Farm, Chicago

Oh, the places plants grow.

This used to be a mobile farm. But after 40 years of trying, they've got a real lease now.

This used to be a mobile farm. But after 40 years of trying, they've got a real lease now.


Tim Wilson of City Farm tells me a Mennonite farmer ditched his Ph.D work in 1975 to start the project. Now they’re selling to local restaurants and Chicagoans.

In the hoop houses, lettuce and other greens will grow all winter, Wilson said. This I gotta see. And I’m starting to wonder about the load-bearing capacity of my sunny garage roof.

One of City Farm's larger hoop houses. The littler ones aren't more than two feet high.

One of City Farm's larger hoop houses. The littler ones aren't more than two feet high.

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