The Garfield Park Community Council has created a public safety campaign built around coordinated actions by businesses, community organizations and residents to revitalize the Kedzie Street business corridor on Chicago’s West Side. The campaign’s theory is that reducing crime along the commercial corridor will lead to greater business confidence and reduced fear among residents, resulting in more engaged community members and, ultimately, a safer and more livable community.
The Garfield Park Fresh Food Market will operate on Saturday mornings in the main business district in the East Garfield Park neighborhood and next to the neighborhood's public transportation hub. The monthly market will be committed to improving community connections by offering local live music groups and representatives from a diverse group of organizations committed to improving the quality of life in Garfield Park.
The fresh food sold at the Market will come from Chicago area farmers and local gardeners who are part of the Garfield Park Garden Network. The Garden Network includes 30 local Garfield Park gardens and a resident-managed local community greenhouse. In addition to produce, the Market will include a pop-up coffee stand. Without a traditional coffeehouse in the neighborhood, a temporary site will help the Council collect market data that will be shared with existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs interested in opening a coffeehouse along the neighborhood's Kedzie Street business corridor.
The Market will launch June 2013 and run through October. Your support helps us advertise the market, offer local musical performances at the market, equipment and supplies for vendors, insurance for the site and cleaning and security services.
Risks and challenges
Sluggish sales might be a potential challenge for the Market. However, by offering various methods for paying, we should be able to meet the desire to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from a diverse customer base. With an existing coordinated campaign involving residents and local organizations and businesses already, we should be able to drive foot traffic to the Saturday morning market.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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