On February 18, 2014, The Talking Farm cleared the last hurdle with the Village of Skokie allowing it to sell or distribute produce grown on the Howard Street Farm in Skokie to farmers’ markets, food pantries and restaurants.
The Talking Farm’s historic zoning modifications mean that the Howard Street Farm is currently the first and only working urban farm in Skokie. Not only will this allow the Howard Street Farm to operate as a full production farm, it will pave the way for more volunteer days and expansion of its educational, hands-on agricultural programs. Proceeds from the sale of its produce will support The Talking Farm.
We’d like to specially thank the professionals who donated their time to making this happen: Donna Pugh and her team at Foley & Lardner, Jody Mariano and Todd Vanadilok from Teska, Eliza Fournier from the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Serge Grebenschikov from CH2MHill. Their expertise was vital to guiding us through this process.
Special thanks to the Skokie Park District and the Skokie Village Board of Trustees for their continuous support throughout this process. Next, we look forward to developing partnerships with local restaurants and food pantries as well as offering more urban agriculture opportunities for the community.
Related article in the Jan. 28, 2014 Skokie Review is available through this link: http://skokie.suntimes.com/news/farm-SKO-01302014:article.