Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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132 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p The village of Skokie, Ill., which can be found north of Chicago, is enjoying its first modern urban farm. The Talking Farm is contributing to the local economy as locally grown food is supporting businesses in Skokie and other surrounding communities. Students of all ages are invited to help with the farming and learn more about where food comes from and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Landscape architects and community planners from Teska Associates, led by Jodi Mariano, provided pro-bono assistance with site planning, landscape architecture and zoning code text revisions. PHOTO: SUSANNA LOHMAR, THE TALKING FARM Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2018 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 127. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Located just north of Chicago in the village of Skokie, the Talking Farm is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing communities with their most basic human need: healthy food. However, the Talking Farm also serves as an community resource, showing young people how food is grown and how they can get closer to nature. Teska Associates, a landscape architecture firm located in nearby Evanston, partnered with a group of consultants to provide pro-bono site planning, landscape architecture and zoning support services to establish this agricultural farm within Skokie. Upon zoning approvals in 2014, the Talking Farm was legally supported to realize its vision. The farm provides resources to local food and economic development initiatives through its network of relationships with local grocers, farmers markets and restaurants. "We are grateful to have experienced several years of citizen passion, commitment and elbow-grease to bring this most basic human need for food back to our community," said a representative from the Talking Farm. "Our urban farm will help make sustainable agriculture a way of life for all our citizens now and into future generations." Beyond the 15,000 pounds of produce provided by the Talking Farm in 2017, locally grown food is only the backdrop for a movement that is connecting the greater community. Pre- school students are making art from veggie stamps, while high schoolers are maintaining their own "Edible Acre." Born from a community-based initiative, the Talking Farm continues to remain focused on its mission, "To provide education and hands-on experience to members of the community in order to expand the awareness, and availability of food grown sustainably." If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: Story Ideas? The Talking Farm Landscape Architecture by Teska Associates, Inc.

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