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Urban farm offers local produce in a city of skyscrapers

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago is considered a city of skyscrapers, factories and businesses. But hidden away in the Bridgeport neighborhood is a the Iron Street Urban Farm.

The farm, located at 3333 S. Iron St., is an oasis in an old trucking company warehouse near a recycling center. The farm makes their own soil from compost and calls their crops "hyper-local."

Iron Street Urban Farm is the home to eight large greenhouses, aquaponics, mushrooms, flowers, lettuce bee hive honey and three goats. Many products produced at the farm at used at area restaurants and sold at local restaurants and ten Walgreens stores in food desert neighborhoods.

Aside from farming, the farm is also a teaching facility where locals can learn how to be a farmer and feed people. Chicago kids can get down and dirty on the farm without even leaving the city.

About 300 at-risk kids take part in the Growing Power summer program and after-school programs where they learn about planting, growing and nurturing crops.

Growing Power's Chicago Projects Office officially opened in February of 2002 to manage resource development and the technical assistance needed to assist emerging Community Food Centers and urban and small farm projects in the metropolitan Chicago area. The Chicago office has established projects that have received national recognition and exemplify the mission of the organization.

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