MEDIA ADVISORY: Heartland Alliance breaks ground on west side urban farm

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Heartland Alliance breaks ground on west side urban farm

HEARTLAND HUMAN CARE SERVICES BREAKS GROUND ON
WEST SIDE URBAN FARM
Project will create jobs, feed families throughout the city

Heartland Human Care Services, Inc. (HHCS)—a division of Heartland Alliance, the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest—will break ground on Chicago FarmWorks, a 2.6-acre urban farm in East Garfield Park.

As Chicago families look forward to Thanksgiving, Heartland’s Chicago FarmWorks reminds everyone of the importance of community and how we all must work together to eradicate hunger and poverty in our city.

Heartland estimates that 24,000 pounds of produce will be grown in the first year, which will be distributed to low-income families by the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The project will create 90 transitional jobs in the first three years, allowing hard-to-employ people to get the training they need to re-enter the workforce on a full-time basis.

WHAT:

Press conference/ground breaking of Chicago FarmWorks, the city’s
newest urban farm.

WHEN:

Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 a.m.

WHO:

Alderman Walter Burnett
David Sinski, Executive Director of Heartland Human Care Services
Ben Helphand, NeighborSpace
Stephen McCullough, Greater Chicago Food Depository
Representatives from Wilbur Wright College
East Garfield Park friends and neighbors

WHERE:

407 N. Kedzie (one block south of Franklin Boulevard)

MORE:

Chicago FarmWorks is located on what is currently a vacant lot. Sturdy shoes recommended.

As a working farm that will help those in the East Garfield Park community and beyond, Heartland hopes this project will bolster community pride and encourage local children to learn more about food production and nutrition.

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