emmanuel pratt


READ: Emmanuel Pratt on how to turn an unused building into an urban farm

Emmanuel Pratt

Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois


Emmanuel Pratt has dedicated himself to using interdisciplinary educational programming and hands-on farming practices to learn and teach about some of the issues that plague modern cities.





  • Emmanuel brought sustainable farming to a “food desert” in Chicago by converting a deteriorating abandoned shoe factory into a lively and productive aquaponic fish and vegetable farm
  • He has expanded his urban farming education initiative to 50 schools through his Sweet Water Foundation, teaching things like fishery management and soil chemistry
  • Emmanuel emphasizes action. When describing what to expect at Sweet Water he states: “We’re gonna have a philosophical debate, but you’re probably gonna be doing it while you have a tool in your hand and you’re doing something”