Thanks to the iconic Sweet Water Organics and Growing Power, Milwaukee is quickly becoming known as a center for urban gardening and urban farming. That’s to say nothing of the numerous community gardens and microfarms that are springing up all around town.
Here’s Growing Power’s text about the conference:
Come to Milwaukee and help grow the good food revolution. Hosted by Growing Power—a national organization headed by the sustainable urban farmer and MacArthur Fellow Will Allen—this international conference will teach the participant how to plan, develop and grow small farms in urban and rural areas. Learn how you can grow food year-round, no matter what the climate, and how you can build markets for small farms. See how you can play a part in creating a new food system that fosters better health and more closely-knit communities.
Pre-conference workshops: One-day intensive workshops will be held September 8th and September 9th at Growing Power’s International Training Center.
- Understand how non-profit organizations can work cooperatively with city and state governments, as well as for-profit and non-profit agricultural enterprises.
- See how to create successful farm-to-school initiatives by drawing on Growing Power experiences in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago.
- Learn how to grow relationships with corporations that can help support locally grown food initiatives.
- Discover how to create and utilize renewable energy in local agricultural systems.
- Learn about the development of multi-story vertical farms.
- Find how social justice and food justice can be fostered through the local and regional farm system.
- Visit successful small farms in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
- Enjoy food grown by local and regional farmers and prepared by local chefs!
- Over 2,000 participants expected with opportunities to network and mingle
- Exhibit hall available
I hope to attend part of the conference. This is an exciting to be alive, and the urban food-growing movement is such an exciting movement to be involved with!