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Plans for 30-acre urban farm district on the city's South Side aim at reducing violence and crime


Urban farms cultivating safer neighborhoods on the South Side

by Alicia Swanstrom
Dec 06, 2012

Fred Daniels, an Englewood resident, spent eight of his 29 years in prison for drug violations and attempted murder. Now he's growing food as way to a better life. 

At the Wood Street Farm on the South Side, Daniels works the soil and harvests plants for Growing Home, a nonprofit that offers transitional jobs to people with barriers to employment, such as felonies. Through its training programs, the farm gives ex-offenders like Daniels a fighting chance to stay off the streets.