Resource Center

Starting in the late 1960's, Resource Center is a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing Chicago's neighborhoods through composting, urban agriculture, recycling, and other practices that are sustainable and that reuse resources. Today, Resource Center has approximately a $1.5 million annual budget, employs 25 people, and generates 95 percent of its revenue from earned income. Beginning its urban farming program in 1985, the organization entered into an agreement with the city that allows it free use of vacant land for growing food until the city seeks to develop that lot.  Since 2000, Resource Center's City Farm has been located at Division and Clybourn, with plans to create a permanent educational urban farm. The organization estimates that a one-acre farm could employ three people from the neighborhood at a salary of $20,000 - $23,000 a year. 

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