the proof is in the pudding

klehm_nance_rooting_004 Sullivan Gallery August – October 2013
materials: 1 ton of compost, plastic sheeting photographs, chemical compost test results

If every square foot of Chicago’s land mass of just under 150,000 acres was cultivated (assuming the land was clear of all built structures, people had moved to the suburbs to allow the land to be used for farming, the soil was safe and healthy and the working team of urban farmers had the combined skill set of: growing-processing-storing-distributing) Chicago would only be able to produce enough food to sustain 8% of its current population.

The 2,000 lbs of compost in the gallery is the amount required to fill a generous-sized urban plot of 100’sq which is 20x less than required to sustain an individual’s food needs.