History


Lot at Altgeld & Sawyer before ASCF

Lot at Altgeld & Sawyer before ASCF

The ASCF in 2011

The ASCF in 2011

Altgeld Sawyer
Corner Farm

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.

 


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Digging out beds at KMCF

Friends at KMCF

Friends at KMCF

Kimball Medill
Corner Farm

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.