A Prescription For Better Health: New Farm Opening In Lawndale

Bernie Tafoya
June 13, 2018 - 1:27 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new farm opens on Chicago’s West Side on June 22, and it may be a prescription for better health in the community.

According to Alyssa Sianghio, director of development for the Lawndale Christian Health Center, the Farm on Ogden will be designed to bring jobs, job training and food to an area that is starved for it, Lawndale. 

It’s effort by the Lawndale Christian Health Center and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Sianghio said vegetables will be grown, tilapia farmed in tanks. People who have chronic health conditions will not just be able to get a prescription for drugs at the health center, they'll take part in a program called Veggie Rx.  With every medical prescription they fill, they'll be given "prescriptions" for 10 free boxes of produce.

Sianghio said produce and tilapia will be available for sale to area residents at reduced prices in the facility’s market.

The urban farm will be at Ogden and Central Park, near the CTA’s Pink Line station.