Architecture students also constructed wood placards identifying the plants, which include scarlet Nantes carrots, Hopi blue corn, bush beans, Swiss chard, and Detroit red beets. The nonprofit organization and land trust Growing Power provided U Farm IIT with many of the seeds and the compost. A sense of community runs strong throughout U Farm IIT.
“U Farm IIT is another way for our campus to interact with our neighbors in Bronzeville, Bridgeport, Chinatown, and Pilsen,” says Vice President of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs Leroy Kennedy. “Our student population reflects the various communities we engage with—further exemplifying IIT as an evolving microcosm of opportunity.”