It’s no secret that the urban farming scene in Chicago is crowding at a ridiculously fast pace but while companies are springing up here and there, it is essential to be aware of the little nuances that separate each company. For those of you who are still confused between urban farms, community gardens, aquaponics, hydroponics and so forth, we’ll be kind enough to break it down:
- An urban farm is defined by the city of Chicago as a business entity that can either be non-profit or for-profit with intentions of selling their products.
- Community gardens are defined by the city as properties “owned by public entities, civic organizations or community-based organizations and maintained by volunteers” (cityofchicago.org).
- Hydroponics is a system that uses a consistent stream (Nutrient Film Technique) or flood and drain of nutrient-rich water to feed plants placed in various mediums. No soil is used in the growing process.
- Aquaponics is also a hydroponic-based growing method that employs the help of fish, who breed in tanks connected to the hydroponic system, feeding off the algae from the plants and providing nutrients to the plants through their waste.
- Aeroponics is a technique of misting suspended roots with nutrient-rich water.
For clarification’s sake, Windy City Greens is a hydroponic company. No sorry, there are no fish here folks.
What we are doing here goes beyond just turning a profit (although that’s always super nice) and far beyond capitalizing off of a trend. Our team of dedicated, ridiculously hard working individuals believes in a revolution that’s been boiling under the surface of fast food chains and pesticide-laden fields for years. Thanks to the strong push towards urban agriculture from organizations such as Growing Power in Milwaukee, movements like the Slow Food revolution, and individuals like Ron Finley, who have all changed the food game, we are entering a time when consumers are educated on the impacts of agriculture our environment, both positive and negative. People are very conscious of where their food comes from and that means much more than just the physical location. They are observing the how, what, where, when and why of it all. Boy, is that a beautiful thing.
Local food is not a trend. It is not something that hipsters came up with. And it damn sure isn’t going away – not if we have anything to say about it.
Listen, big agriculture companies can make excuses all day about their uses of pesticides, they can explain their inhumane treatment of animals and they can spend all the money they want trying to prove that GMO’s aren’t harmful for people or the environment but you cannot lie about where your products are grown. There is a raw transparency that local food offers to the highly educated consumer that cannot be faked. It is here where we’d like to kindly state that our product is and always will be grown here in Pilsen. There’s not a darn thing that can change that. Side note – we love giving tours of our facility, let us know if you’re interested!
We answer to you, our community, and we work seven days a week to provide the highest of high quality. We don’t need to be the biggest but we really want to be the best.
So it goes in the beginning with any small company, we’ve worked tirelessly to get everything off of the ground, but we don’t regret a second of it for our hearts are full of gratitude to be able to do what we love for the best city in the world.
Windy City Greens