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Sweet Water Foundation

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Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) is an emerging community land trust in the heart of Chicago’s south side. SWF utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art, and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets. It is rooted in the holistic practice of regenerative neighborhood development, an interdisciplinary social justice method that creates safe and inspiring spaces while cultivating healthy, intergenerational communities and transforming the ecologies of once “blighted” neighborhoods. Its projects engage youth, skilled workers, and artists to produce locally grown food and build affordable housing. SWF’s Perry Avenue Commons site has become a model of sustainable, twenty-first-century community development, attracting thousands of locals and visitors annually. The organization’s work has received an ArtPlace America National Creative Placemaking award and an Environmental STEM Award from Underwriters Laboratories and the North American Association for Environmental Education for its multifaceted development at the Commons.

Established 2009, Chicago, USA