Land Sales Would Create Two South Side Community Gardens

May 22, 2024

Department of Planning and Development    312.744.9267

A pair of community gardens would be created on the South Side through land sales proposed to City Council today by Mayor Brandon Johnson.

In South Shore, 11,720 square feet of vacant City land at 6801 S. Dante Ave. would be sold to the NeighborSpace land trust for $1 for vegetable gardening. The Dante Avenue Farm project, led by farmer Alwyn Walker, includes $40,000 in planned improvements involving raised beds, seating, fencing, a hoop house and a farm stand. Produce from the farm would be made available to local food panties and restaurants.

In South Chicago, seven adjacent City lots consisting of approximately 24,500 square feet at 8926- 40 S. Mackinaw Ave. would be sold to the NeighborSpace land trust for $1 each for vegetable gardening. To be managed by the Fresher Together food equity coalition, the $150,000 project would improve the site for raising culinary and medicinal herbs, mushrooms, small grains, beans and other vegetables for the community.

The sites are collectively valued at $93,100 and were made available for agriculture purposes through the ChiBlockBuilder online land sale platform.

NeighborSpace provides liability insurance for community-managed open spaces.


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