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Community vision captured in new collaborative mural

Images of harvest come alive as a Back of the Yards public art project embraces the neighborhood‘s industrial, blue-collar history. Last Saturday July 26, The Plant, a sustainable food production and educational facility located at 1400 W. 46th St., presented a new mural outside of the building’s brick facade, commemorating a community vision committed to […]

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A Buzzworthy Business: A girl, her bike and bees

Ancient civilizations have long believed in the power of honey for its health benefits. In recent years, urban beekeeping has been growing in popularity alongside urban farming and the organic, local food movement. One Chicago woman, Jana Kinsman, 27, had a vision to create her own small business, tending beehives in community gardens across Chicago, […]

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First Back of the Yards farmers market open in time for fall harvest (PHOTOS)

While some farmers markets in the city are getting ready to wrap up their season by the end of October, a new one is just starting in Back of the Yards. Friday Sept. 6 marked the beginning of the community’s first farmers market  This new local market offers fresh and colorful produce harvested from an […]

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The Plant Breaks Ground on Anaerobic Digester System

Waste management method will produce biogas to energize the 93,000 square foot facility The Stockyards, once the center of the U.S. meatpacking industry, is today the place where innovator John Edel is executing his vision for food production. In the past two years, Edel transformed a warehouse that once served as a meatpacking business into […]

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Old Peer Foods Building Transformed to Promote Sustainability

  The music blaring from the small radio resting on a cart in one corner of the room deafened the echoes of harsh construction sounds while workers, mainly volunteers, focused on their task in a huge, dusty room — a small part of the four story, 93,500 square feet of rooms that will be renovated […]

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“The Plant” Owner John Edel Chooses Stockyards to House Industrial Vertical Farm

As the Stockyards continue to become a place for innovation and sustainability projects (Testa Produce opened a green distribution center earlier this year), John Edel, 41, has joined the movement, working in the neighborhood he has always found fascinating. He calls himself an industrial history buff and said that as a lifelong Chicagoan, understanding the […]