Chicago’s last farm — now also a high school — celebrates 175 years: ‘An important thing to maintain’
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences junior Emmanuel Hill, on the school's farm on Dec. 2, 2021. - E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO -- Some 40 years ago, the historian for the Mount Greenwood Chamber of Commerce led a movement to save Chicago’s last farm. The Chicago Board of Education was considering selling the land to real estate developers, so Joe Martin organized a letter-writing campaign, petition drive and media blitz because, he said at the time, the community “would feel a great loss if the farm ceased to produce necessary food.” Not only did the board decide to keep the property at 111th Street and Pulaski Road, it opened an agricultural high school to ensure more generations of growers would harvest vege...