The Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) works to ensure that all Chicagoans, especially those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have the right to produce and access culturally appropriate, nutritious, sustainable, and fair food. Their Productive Landscapes Project aims to encourage and support the development of urban agriculture spaces in the Chicago region by addressing the challenge that urban farmers’ often face: stable and long-term land access. This report details the process for creating the Chicago Land Access Pathways (CLAP) website, including key insights from interviews with local land-owning institutions and local urban farmers experiences in securing land. It also highlights the historical and current disinvestment in Chicago’s BIPOC and low-income communities, its negative impact in accessing fresh and affordable food and current initiatives of the City of Chicago to address these challenges. This report concludes with next steps and recommendations for the Productive Landscapes project to continue its work to support urban farmers access land, provide food to communities and achieve food sovereignty.
Publication tags: Field Reports - Food Systems and Agriculture, Racial Equity, Urban Agriculture