The mission of Growing power is “to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.” Focusing its efforts on underserved urban neighborhoods, Growing Power strives to increase access to local food, education and training, and economic opportunity.
Its production utilizes several “closed-loop” agricultural systems that recycle waste into resources (vermiculture turns waste into compost, anaerobic digester turns compost into energy; aquaponics, a symbiotic system, uses nutrient-rich water from fish tanks to feed the hydroponic system, which in turn cleanses the water for the fish tanks). From the original farm site in Milwaukee, Growing Power has expanded to 7 other sites. Growing Power has thus been able to transfer its mission and urban agricultural methods to multiple urban sites in order to multiply its effects on the city and city-dwellers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Growing power is a non-profit organization and land trust supporting people by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. It has adult tutoring in partner with Commercial urban agriculture training program. Founder, Will Allen received the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2008.