Presented by Benjamin Kant, Founder
Nestled just six miles west of the Magnificent Mile in Humboldt Park, Metropolitan Farms is a thriving urban agricultural destination, producing locally-sourced tilapia, salad greens and culinary herbs year-round from within its state-of-the-art greenhouse. They utilize aquaponics; farming that combines fish with a hydroponic growing system in a closed-loop without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
This site is also home to cut-flower farm Avium Flowers and outdoor vegetable farm Dirt Doll. Learn all about these three fast-growing companies with a 90 minute tour from the founder, who’ll exhibit a fascinating aquaponic greenhouse, and guide you through the grounds of the outdoor farms. Come to see, hear, smell, taste and touch something new.
Benjamin Kant is a dreamer and doer who relishes building Metropolitan Farms, turning vision into reality. Metro Farms solves problems, and also demonstrates how biological technologies can bring the natural world closer to the urban one. Benjamin has a deep affinity for aquatic creatures and plants. He also has a background in finance and management with degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), the University of St. Andrews, Brandeis University and is a LEED AP.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10 AM
4250 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
(west of Pulaski, between Kildare & Tripp Streets)
Cost: $10 (which goes to the farm)
Estimated tour time is 1:15 to 1:30 hours.
This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please e-mail: [email protected]