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Chicago Opens Doors and Land to Urban Gardening

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a change to local rules that would allow urban gardens to expand and sell produce within the city.

Proponents argue that the city's estimated 14,000 empty lots could serve as mini farms.

"The new ordinance would expand limits on community garden plot size to 25,000 square feet (about half an acre), allow limited produce sales in residentially zoned areas, relax rules on fencing and parking for large commercial urban farms, and allow aquaponics (a system of cultivating both fish and produce) outdoors in hoop houses.

The measure is expected to be introduced Thursday to the City Council and could be voted on in September."

Full Story: Emanuel widens city's gate to urban gardening

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