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217 Today: Urban farmers struggle to buy vacant lots to turn into greenspace

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • The nationwide shortage of a common antibiotic has hit local pharmacies.
  • As Thanksgiving approaches, rising food prices could make it harder to prepare a healthy meal that’s also not overly expensive.
  • The City of Urbana is offering a free leaf recycling program through the month of November.
  • The Illinois women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season with an 84-55 win over Oakland University Monday night in Champaign.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear how urban farms can take blighted vacant lots and turn them into green space that provides food for neighborhoods. But farmers often struggle to get the land they need.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Emily Hays, Ryan Denham, Miranda Zanca, and Eva Tesfaye.

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Sydney Wood

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