Growing Power is a leader in urban sustainable agriculture and is building the capacity of low-income and under resourced communities to access healthy, local, and affordable food as well as overall community-based food systems development, green job creation, urban neighborhood beautification, sustainable development/renewable energy technologies, localized food production, youth leadership & development, advocate and supporter of community-wide partnerships to impact systemic change, and grass-roots organizing around food & environmental policy. Excellent model for any community seeking to impact food security, environmental degradation, poor health outcomes, and overall improving the quality of life, vibrancy, and environmental health of a community.
Will Allen was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award for his work. Growing Power owns urban garden properties in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit, has 15 training centers around the U.S., and has helped create similar gardens in Africa and Russia. A leader in the effort to get fresh food to underserved "food deserts" in urban areas.
Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. In 1995, while assisting neighborhood children with a gardening project, Allen began developing the farming methods and educational programs that are now the hallmark of the non-profit organization Growing Power, which he directs and co-founded. Guiding all is his efforts is the recognition that the unhealthy diets of low-income, urban populations, and such related health problems as obesity and diabetes, largely are attributable to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Rather than embracing the “back to the land” approach promoted by many within the sustainable agriculture movement, Allen’s holistic farming model incorporates both cultivating foodstuffs and designing food distribution networks in an urban setting.