COLUMBIA, 10/1/11 (Beat Byte) -- A Chicago Sun-Times story about so-called "urban farms" in Chicago cites Columbia, Missouri as a role model.
"In Columbia, Mo., the City Council in July approved a zoning plan that allows the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to sell crops from its 1.3-acre urban farm," the story notes. Chicago, in contrast, has some 20,000 acres of unused land that could grow crops.
The Chicago City Council recently passed new rules expanding the role of urban agriculture, a growing practice in cities around the nation clamoring for home-grown food. The rules “put urban agriculture on the map,” Andy Rozendaal, urban agriculture director for Chicago’s Resource Center, told the Sun-Times.