Transforming Urban Deserts into Urban Farms, One City Block at a Time
How can we maintain food deserts where the soil is fertile? Every street in Chicago has a parkway, has land, and if I can grow fresh organic veggies, anyone can! So began the idea of the Block Ko-Op. Block by block, we can transform food deserts to urban farmlands using the parkway. The idea is each block operates like a co-op, with each household focusing on one vegetable. Neighbors will share their yields, build deeper connections within their community, and transform city parkways into vegetable gardens.
The Block Ko-Op will provide neighborhood participants with knowledge and know-how through mentorship and supplies to assist with this transformation. Imagine a block with veggies in front of every home, with neighbors picking free veggies for meals that day. That is the Block Ko-Op. This can happen in any city. No, in EVERY city! Help us support our non-profit at