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Friday, September 23 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution

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Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the planning, cultivation, production and delivery of good, healthy food to urban and rural populations. The son of a southern sharecropper, he was a professional basketball player and then worked for a number of years in corporate sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble. In 1993 Allen returned to his roots as a farmer to purchase the last remaining registered farm in the City of Milwaukee, where he established and functions as farmer, founder and CEO of the world-preeminent urban farm and nonprofit organization, Growing Power. He is now recognized as a national and international leader in urban and rural agriculture and food policy. 

Growing Power produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together and improve public health. Today his organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

In 2008 Allen was a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and “genius grant” winner. He has been given the National Education Association Security Benefit Corporation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education in recognition of his work with children, teachers and schools. 

He continues to do his work out of Growing Power’s national headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to bring good food to people all over the world to help end poverty.


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Will Allen

Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the planning, cultivation, production and delivery of good, healthy food to urban and rural populations. The son of a southern sharecropper, he was a professional basketball player and then worked for a number of years in corporate sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble. In 1993 Allen returned to his roots as a farmer to purchase the last remaining registered farm in the City of Milwaukee... Read More →

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Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Common

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