Note: This post contains information about Growing Power, a commercial urban agriculture site based in Milwaukee. Growing Power’s Milwaukee headquarters contains six greenhouses, a worm depository, an apiary with five beehouses, three poultry houses and outdoor pens for livestock. It’s been operating since 1999. The center operates a community food center and a small retail store as well.
Growing Power has multiple farms in Wisconsin and Illinois, including urban farms in Chicago.
Thanks to Scott Walter, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee for the photos and content! Scott was one of more than two dozen to visit the site during the second annual Great Lakes Urban Exchange Conference in Milwaukee earlier this week. Conference attendees even got to enjoy Growing Power’s greens in a salad over dinner the opening night. I can tell you first-hand, they are pretty good with Wisconsin goat cheese and dried cherries. –AS
Okay, my 1st blog. I know no protocol, so bear with me. Thanks Angie and Kate for inviting me on. So, Growing Power. First thing you need to know, if you don’t, Will Allen, founder and director of GP received a MacArthur Grant this year, and to call him a genius is nearly damning with faint praise. The pics won’t nearly do justice to what may be one of the fundamentally soundest social justice initiatives I’ve ever seen. FOOD ACCESS IS JUSTICE. Being I’ve lived in Milwaukee for almost six years, I’m embarrassed I hadn’t ever been there before. It took GLUE (holler to Sarah and Abby-y’all are heading toward your own MacArthur VERY soon) to get me there; my gratitude is endless. Okay enough of me. If I can figure out how, I’ll caption (some of) the pics. Enjoy, folks….
Alright, there’s more. I’ll get them up in a FB album, or post more to rustwire, or send them off to GLUE.
Amazing stuff. Pics do no justice, but I hope you get the idea. I hope you enjoy.