Openlands and Liberty Prairie Foundation Release Guide to Growing Land Access for Local Food Farming

July 22, 2016

Openlands and Liberty Prairie Foundation are excited to release Breaking Ground: A Guide to Growing Land Access for Local Food Farming in Northeast Illinois.

Sustainable local food growers are valued members of communities throughout Northeast Illinois. They grow our food, enrich our economies and care for our resources. Unfortunately, access to affordable and appropriate farmland is among the biggest challenges that prevent these local food farmers from remaining in greater Chicago, and in urban areas across the country.

Breaking Ground aims to address this complicated topic through stand-alone sections that speak directly to the 3 most critical audiences for increasing farmland access – local food farmers, private landowners and public landowners. It connects these audiences with legal tools, professional contacts and other technical resources that can help them to more easily navigate their respective journeys to acquire or provide farmland access.

Breaking Ground was funded through Food:Land:Opportunity – Localizing the Chicago Foodshed, a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

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