Hello BEST-ers,

The city of Chicago has been working to increase green urban areas and repurposing abandoned land. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has provided a $1.5 million grant to convert an old meatpacking facility into a center for urban agriculture. The center will feature aquaponics, underground farming, and a brewery. There will also be a food business incubator and outdoor growing systems. The center will be powered by an anaerobic digester that will divert 27 tons of food waste per day from surrounding businesses. 

Check out the other initiatives Chicago has been implementing to make sustainable agriculture a priority: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/04/chicago-leads-urban-sustainable-agriculture/comment-page-1/

Happy Tuesday!