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Our Goals

  • Evaluate the Chicago Food Plan and create milestones to measure its progress

  • Create a grid of community certified kitchens and food hubs

  • Create incentives and awards toward the formation of Community/Private Partnerships to increase food access and accountability

  • Incentivize fresh food small businesses in low food access zones

  • Create a Department of Food Policy with an Associated Advisory Board to make Chicago a more food secure and healthy city and increase coordination and communication of food policies




A Framework for Fostering a Vibrant Community-Based Urban Agriculture Cluster

This report builds on previous research and interviews used to develop the 2015 Cultivating Productive Landscapes in the Millennium Reserve report looking at the potential for urban agriculture and productive landscapes in the Millennium Reserve, and more expansively, in the areas covered by the new Calumet Collaborative. The process to develop this report was facilitated by the Chicago Food Policy Action Council, through a series of five meetings convened between October 2016 and March 2017. The Millennium Reserve Area, covering Chicago’s South Side and suburban municipalities in southern Cook County, holds enormous potential for a system of productive landscapes. Over the course of six months, between October 2016 to March 2017, 31 participants took part in a series of conversations concerning how various stakeholders could help foster the growth of urban agriculture in this area. Out of these conversations—which included representatives of 27 organizations including farms, non-profits, universities, land trusts, community organizations, funders, and federal, state, regional, county and municipal governments—it became clear that there is both the opportunity and interest to create a organizational and policy framework that supports the growth of productive landscapes. This report outlines this framework, based on insights and outcomes from these conversations

The report was made possible by support from the Illinois Coastal Management Program of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


Urban Farmland Symposium

December 4, 2015


  • Presentation by Suellen Burns of the IL Department of Natural Resources on the Millennium Reserve and Urban Farmland

  • Presentation by Ellen Sargent from the Chicago Housing Authority on Urban Gardens/Farms on their property

  • Presentation by Kristin Brock from the Chicago Park District on community gardens and farms in the parks

  • Presentation giving overview of Urban Farm/garden Land trusts in the United States by Nate Ela

  • Presentation by Katherine Darnstadt from Latent Design on Public Spaces in Chicago

  • Presentation by Paula Segal from 596 Acres (NYC) on community research on land access



Thanks to a grant of $70,000 from the Searle Funds and the Chicago Community Trust and their support of the Food:Land:Opportunity - Localizing the Chicago Foodshed initiative, CFPAC will partner with Chicago's non-profit land trust for community managed open spaces NeighborSpace to expand secure access to urban and peri-urban farmland.