This is a farm project with stakeholders who are located 70 miles south of Chicago in Pembroke Township, regarded as one of the poorest in Illinois. The farm owners have joint-ventured with an urban agriculture education and training not-for-profit, Genesis Agriculture, of Orland Park, Illinois.
The term “recombinant” is introduced because a farm, given current food prices, may not so much thrive as just survive on its own historical merits, with its success only as good as its broader partnerships and affiliations. A total of 18.5 acres is planned to be devoted to the following mixed use development program:
Given the proposed program, the IPRO team will develop a conceptual layout of the farm to recommend where various activities and resources may best be located, including: open land farming, hoop-houses, greenhouses, apiaries, mushroom huts, animal paddocks (chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits), vermiculture and compost bins, machine and tool storage, water, power, and marketing/signage. It is also envisioned that the site will integrate renewable energy and storage technology.
The IPRO team goal is to conduct research on the site and understand what is proposed, develop a conceptual plan and program, and deliver a proposal to the joint-venture group. The IPRO team will gain first-hand experience in developing a real site proposal from scratch, including development of a preliminary budget directly related to the program elements. This IPRO should have broad appeal to students majoring in architecture, business, engineering, biology and social sciences.