Windy City Harvest (WCH), is the Chicago Botanic Garden's urban agricultural-education and jobs-training program. Started in 2003, the program has grown rapidly and now boasts fifteen farms operating on over eight acres throughout Chicago and Lake County. Using organic methods, students grow approximately 180,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables annually. Eliza Fournier, Urban Youth Programs Director at Windy City Harvest, will join us to discuss this creative, community building approach to urban agriculture. She’ll focus on the WCH’s newest facility, Farm on Ogden, which opened in June 2018 in partnership with Lawndale Christian Health Center. Farm on Ogden is a 20,000-square-foot urban greenhouse with a year-round, fresh-produce market, and job-training center — one of the first of its kind in the nation. In addition to much needed job training the Farm on Ogden has created a local, sustainable, and affordable food system in an area known previously as a food desert.
This event is free and open to all current OLLI members. Registration is required.
Speaker: Eliza Fournier, Urban Youth Programs Director at Windy City Harvest