MWUF Summit March 9 & 10 at The Plant

We are excited to announce The Plant will be hosting the Midwest Urban Farmers Summit on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. All details for the event can be found below or at the website


It’s an exciting time for urban farming in Chicago. A string of new projects and opportunities, not the least of which being the 13 square-mile “urban farming district” currently materializing on the South Side, stand as firm proof that farming has its place here and in urban centers across the region for years to come.

With the growing season approaching, now’s the perfect time for farmers to gather as a community to share ideas and practices on how to cultivate a city lot into an agricultural enterprise.

The Midwest Urban Farmers Summit is your chance to be a part of this conversation. Set to take place on March 9th and 10th at the Plant, an inspiring vertical farm and food business incubator in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, the summit will include both moderated panel discussions and “break out” opportunities for farmers to meet and discuss the challenges and successes of their unique environment, from dealing with contamination and managing permanent beds to forming civic and commercial partnerships and achieving both sustainability and profitability.

WHAT: The first annual Midwest Urban Farmers Summit

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., March 9th and 10th, 2013

WHERE: The Plant, 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago, IL 60609

COST: $10 – 20 suggested donation (no one will be turned away).

HOW (to contact us): write to or call (779) 772 4142

Scheduled workshop topics include “Organizing urban farming at your school,” “Managing multiple plots for one farm” and “Finding land for nonprofits and for-profit farms,” with more discussions in the works.

Whether an aspiring grower, seasoned farmer or just someone interested in the state of local agriculture, we’d love to see you there. To learn more about the MWUF Summit please visit

One Response to “MWUF Summit March 9 & 10 at The Plant”

  1. D.M.Hushmire March 7, 2013 9:59 am

    Will you offer any tours of The Plant at the Summit ?

    Also, on your regular tours, how long are they – 2:00 or 3:00 until ?

    Thank You!