Congrats to Will Allen, one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2010

Heck yeah. Growing Power’s head honcho gets some love.

But while Time casts urban ag as a lower class phenomenon found in the inner city, the six raised beds in my back yard, the one in my next door neighbor’s yard are in a very middle class part of Bay View, and the one hundred and ten raised beds that we will be building tomorrow at Hide House are all located in the older yet not decaying working class part of Bay View.

Just sayin’.

Meanwhile, Journal Sentinel has a good story on how Will would like to “uplift” urban ag — through vertical farming. Who’s to say it can’t be done? Well, lots of people. But who at one point I’m sure people thought we couldn’t go to the moon or cure polio. To me, people that think we need to abandon the city and never look back are in the same ilk.

The city is the future. Urban ag is a great way to feed it.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.