Made In Chicago: GlennArt Farm

Jim Gudas
October 21, 2019 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Tucked away on a residential street with giant trees and stately homes in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood is GlennArt, a micro urban farm run by Carolyn and David Ioder.

They raise goats, chickens and bees. They produce and sell honey, eggs and goat meat, though Carolyn Ioder says, “Our two main products are milk and goat yoga.”

Just as people come to see the goats, every once in a while the goats decide it’s their turn to explore. A neighbor or passerby occasionally alerts Ioder to runaway animals.

“By the way, our goats don’t get out that often. We call it one great escape a year,” Ioder said.

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GlennArt Farm proves the viability of small-scale urban farming, she says.

People in cities "can provide themselves with good food, grow their own crops, their own food, their own vegetables, and I think there’s a lot to be said for food systems that are local,” Ioder said.

Ioder says GlennArt Farm also attracts visitors and changes their ideas about the city’s West Side.

“And the quote I have from a father who brought his family in to live here is, ‘If goats can live here in peace, then my family can, too,’” Ioder said.