The Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm was started in 2009 by neighbors Margaret Hartmann, Noah Swinney Stein, Amy Mall, and Shayna Norwood. A combination community-driven open space and artistic vision, the farm was started with the intention of blending vegetables and fiber plants for paper-making. With the help of our neighbor, lot ownerm and patron saint), Al Jakich, the ASCF was begun in 2009 at the corner of Altgeld and Sawyer, a lot that stood vacant for the previous 30 years.
Over the past five seasons, we’ve turned the vacant lot into a community green space that provides fresh foods to Christopher House’s food pantry and a community resource that helps neighbors come together to benefit Logan Square.
In 2012, we approached Pastor Bruce Ray of the Kimball Avenue Church about farming their space, after a required tear-down of the church left their lot vacant. That summer, we dug the initial 26 beds that would become the Kimball Medill Corner Farm.
This spring (2013), we are opening a 30-plot community garden for 15 farmers and the greater community. We’re operating on a Grow One, Give One model to benefit neighbors and local families in need.