Highlights - Learn about an urban farm and how crops are grown in the center of Chicago- See how small scale farming works- Learn about food insecurity and food deserts- Meet locals who are making an effort have a positive impact in their community- Sample produce grown on the farmDescriptionThe Herban Produce Farm Experience is a multi-sensory journey through an urban farm on Chicago's west side. You will learn about urban farming while walking through the various growing methods used at the farm including in-ground agriculture, vertical agriculture and hydroponics. The Herban Produce farm manager will teach us about the use of crop planning and rotation, on premise bee keeping, irrigation for water conservation, and biodynamic agricultural components like composting, cover crops, and the integration of rare heritage orchard trees. The tour will also visit the native prairie bioswale on site. To round out the tour, we’ll be able to do a test of several crops harvested each week and be able to purchase additional produce to take with them after the tour. Special for Remote Year, we’ll be given a food map detailing shops and restaurants throughout the city that sell and serve the farm’s products.Who This Experience Is Good ForGardeners, health conscious, and anyone interested in ingenious inventions that have been created specifically for the farm and small plot farming Difficulty Level Easy, as we travel by Uber to the location, and walk around the premises. Meet Our Local HostAlicia Nesbary Moore is an urban farmer in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. Trained as a molecular biologist, Moore oversees the cultivation of a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other microgreens for Herban.
Barry Howard is a real estate developer with a passion for plants. He is Chief Sustainability Officer and Principal at Core Spaces, a national real estate development and property management firm. Itinerary- Meet at the venue - We’ll meet the local hosts - Start the tour - Tasting - Time available to purchase produce and farm products
What's Included - Local Hosts- Tour- Produce samples- Food maps What's Not Included- Ground Transportation to the start of the experience
Know Before You Go - Wear comfy walking shoes, you will be in the dirt!- Take a Uber to the farm - the neighborhood can be a little rough- Tips are appreciatedMinimum To Operate10 peopleMaximum Capacity16 peopleDeadline To Book2 days prior to the start of the experience