AUA’s Resources Working Group has been collaborating over the last few years with NeighborSpace, DePaul University’s Steans Center, and others to inventory and map gardens and farms across the Chicago area through the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP). Featuring an interactive map and directory with links to detailed profiles of everything from small residential gardens to commercial urban farms, the Mapping Project aims to provide the public with the clearest, most comprehensive picture of urban agriculture in the Chicago area to date.
With this tool, consumers and food outlets can easily connect with producers in their area, families and individuals can find nearby community gardens, farm stands and other projects, and the information that is gathered and disseminated through CUAMP can be used to learn about and better advocate for Chicago’s growing urban agriculture movement.
Is your garden or farm project in the CUAMP Map and Directory? Please take a moment to determine whether your project info has been accurately entered into CUAMP’s database by doing a quick search. If it hasn’t, you are encouraged to register so you can submit accurate information or add your garden or farm. Every change or addition will be reviewed before posting by CUAMP administrators.
In the coming months, we will be expanding the CUAMP questionnaire in order to collect more detailed information about each garden and farm in the Chicago area. By gathering data about employment, populations served, what is being grown, and much more, the potential benefits of this project will expand exponentially. Please keep an eye out for announcements about the expanded questionnaire!
Read more about CUAMP in NPR’s coverage from last year!
To join the effort (we are always looking for help with IT/programming, ground-truthing, and spreading the word), please contact Billy Burdett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Intellectual-Tech for all of their work in developing and troubleshooting CUAMP’s website. Intellectual-Tech provides web-development and technology-based services to individuals and companies who are making the world a better place, so it’s a great match!