Patchwork Farms: A West Side Oasis

Large areas on the city’s South and West sides are considered food deserts – areas where residents lack access to healthy, affordable food options – Patchwork Farms in Humboldt Park is an example of how urban farms help to fill that void.

The fifty chickens at Patchwork Farms, with names like Clint Eastwood, Neil Patrick Harris and Fat Elvis, provide the eggs for the farm's CSA.

The fifty chickens at Patchwork Farms, with names like Clint Eastwood, Neil Patrick Harris and Fat Elvis, provide the eggs for the farm’s CSA.

Katie Williams prepares the soil beds for planting at Patchwork Farms on a sunny April morning.

Katie Williams prepares the soil beds for planting at Patchwork Farms on a sunny April morning.