For this show, we interviewed urban farmers in Chicago in collaboration with a charity that stores sidewalk refrigerators from some of these fresh farms. Their work not only caters to urgent needs, but also helps to pave the way for another kind of life that grows in the metropolitan shell.
The history of urban agriculture Chicago is a history of resistance to disintegration and decay. By the end of the last century, much of the land on the south side was still farmland. Over the next 40 years, dense housing for European migrant workers in the steel industry spread across the land, and half a million black people fled the racist terror in the south to Chicago. White Chicago homeowners responded to the massive migration by implanting their neighbors ‘race promises, and banks banned blacks’ loans and loans in some neighborhoods through racist practices. Once these actions were tested by neighboring groups and taken to court, the White Flight began pouring into infrastructure and the southern and western sides of the capital. Over the next half-century, Chicago focused on development and investment in the north and south of Lop, while neglecting the south and west.
Years of dispersal, mass arrests, arson, and forced labor resulted in the demolition of thousands of homes and buildings. Most of this land was occupied by the city, and today Chicago occupies approximately 10,000 vacancies, with a strong focus on the south and west. Many of these lots remained empty for 20 years or more until the movement of black and brown farmers began to plow and heal the land.
As more residents suffer from food apartheid, the Chicago Police Department is providing more and more funding to test the city’s urban political priorities. Tree and autonomous food production not only reclaim the land but also facilitate community survival, organization and future struggles.
First, we talked to Alberto about getting our roots back in Gage Park. The garden is located on an empty plot of land two blocks from Amazon DIL3. Packages are how the government treats land for taxes and commodities. Unauthorized gardens support a collection of values that are unreadable to the city and inconsistent with the Amazon world and Chicago city government structure.
Next, we interview Love Fridge, a local charity project that supports local refrigerators and refrigerators on Chicago’s sidewalks and front yard. Many urban farms regularly store love fridge with their new organic produce, and we talk to Velma about why it’s so important.
Next, we talk to two farmers on the Otis farm in the backyard of Chicago. We will share more in their next interview, but they will talk about the challenges of finding water to continue the project to produce fresh healthy food in the city.
And finally, in an interview in the city’s most industrial suburb, the South Chicago Cooperative Farm, Katumbo Associate, Young Immigrant, Special, Gender. We appreciate your willingness to contact us when you do farm work and set up a CSA!
This show was created in collaboration with Jennifer Bamberg (@ gremlina333) for her interview and research.