Chicago’s Sustainable Food Movement: The Plant Chicago

By Amanda on March 12, 2012

TOURSDAILY

Check this out, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012, 6pm – JOHN EDEL at The Plant Chicago: Rethinking Food Production. Presented by Archeworks at Access Living, 115 West Chicago Ave.

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Special Event at The Plant Chicago

John Edel has honed his chops in green business incubation at the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, located where the stinky old stockyards once was (now the Stockyards Industrial Corridor). The Plant Chicago is his grand new project, which turns an 87-year-old meatpacking facility into an incubator for small food businesses, a model for alternative energy, and Chicago’s first vertical farm (possibly the first in the entire United States of America in fact). The 95,000 sq ft vertical farm has impressive systems for energy production and waste disposal. It will process 32 tons of food waste every day, including waste from factories next door, and will ultimately integrate natural materials and gas emissions from brewing, office, hydroponics, and agriculture so that no waste will leave the property. It’s pretty complex, and the diagram on this page better explains it.

Three great options to better understand the Plant Chicago:

1. RSVP Online for the event on Tuesday, March 13. $5 Suggested donation at the door.  The event is put on by Archeworks, an alternative design school that teams students with nonprofit organizations to create design solutions for social and environmental concerns.

2. Go on a tour of the building. Reservations not required – just show up by 2pm on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Tour tickets are $10 via cash or check. Tours last 60-75 minutes. Reservations not required.

3. Stay tuned for our blog post on the Plant Chicago. I visited this amazing place this past fall, and have lots of great images to share!

–Amanda Scotese, Executive Director