You may have noticed a link to Growing Power over in the “Milwaukee Organizations” blogroll, and the intentionally vague “Milwaukee Tour” that occupied the 1:30 slot on Thursday’s agenda.  Well, that has been replaced with a Tour of Growing Power, which we have been hoping for all month, and have now confirmed!

Growing Power is an incredible organization (you may have seen Abby’s GLUEspace post about founder and CEO Will Allen’s receipt of a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2008) dedicated to the understanding that healthy food systems are a necessary component of any healthy community.  I love the story on their “Our History” Page:

In 1993, Growing Power was an organization with teens who needed a place to work.

Will Allen was a farmer with land.

Will designed a program that offered teens an opportunity to work at his store and renovate the greenhouses to grow food for their community.  What started as a simple partnership to change the landscape of the north side of Milwaukee has blossomed into a national and global commitment to sustainable food systems.

Since its inception, Growing Power has served as a ”living museum” or “idea factory” for the young, the elderly, farmers, producers, and other professionals ranging from USDA personnel to urban planners.  Training areas include the following: acid-digestion, anaerobic digestion for food waste, bio-phyto remediation and soil health, aquaculture closed-loop systems, vermiculture, small and large scale composting, urban agriculture, perma-culture, food distribution, marketing, value-added product development, youth development, community engagement, participatory leadership development, and project planning.

One of GLUE’s friends in Milwaukee takes a tour of Growing Power every six months, because there’s always something new and fascinating.  We’re thrilled to be showing off this Milwaukee gem.