Community / News / October 29, 2013

City Council OKs urban farming

Tri States Public Radio reports that Galesburg has approved a new ordinance to allow more farming within city limits.

Included in this ordinance is rooftop farming, hydroponics, urban farming and certain kinds of fish raising. It is hoped that local residents will be able to sustainably grow more of their own food following the implementation of this new law. Different types of farming will be allowed in different areas depending on zoning laws.

City Alderman and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Peter Schwartzman was one of the driving forces behind this. He told public radio that “Where you see a lot of interest in urban farming and food production at the local level you see a lot of young, vibrant people, the entrepreneurs, people with innovation, people with a lot of spirit, a lot of community oriented thinking.”

This may allow progress to move forward on the High Tunnel that Senate allocated nearly $40,000 dollars for last year. The brainchild of former post-baccalaureate fellow Elizabeth Cockrell ’12, the High Tunnel was conceived to be a way for Knox to grow more of its own food as well as increase the school’s reputation for sustainability practices.

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

Tags:  Galesburg hydroponics Peter Schwartzman sustainability tristate public radio urban farming

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