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.


Will Allen to visit Denver for “From the Ground Up” Workshop Weekend

Will Allen, Milwaukee’s champion of microfarming and urban agriculture, will be among the participants in a two-day, intensive, hands-on workshop will show how sustainable, healthy local food production can be developed in an urban setting. According to the host group Feed Denver, this will be the first such workshop to occur “west of the Mississippi [River].” While local food has been a hot topic in California and the west coast for quite some time, it is good to see it being brought inland.

More info:

This training offers diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate and sustain community food projects. Participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

Workshop breakout sessions may include:
Compost & Vermicompost · Aquaponics · Hoophouse Construction
Year-Round Greenhouse Production · Urban Animal Husbandry
Planning for Urban Agriculture · Community Project Design

Cost (includes 5 meals): $300
Special: $275 early registration, through October 15th
Earliest Bird gets the Worm:
First 30 registrations for only $200!

Strike now while the iron is hot, eh?

Also: Feed Denver has a very useful page entitled “What is Urban Agriculture?” It discusses urban ag in a much more effective specific manner than I’ve been able to thus far. I just know it’s good!

Also, part 2: After looking over their info again, I would also say that urban ag has incredible powers to build community. When you have people growing food, epsecially for themselves, they have a direct link with the earth that they work in. When the effort grows larger, and involves more than one person, those people have an intangible bond that is realized every time a they look upon their work and see that it is good. I believe that whether you have virtually nothing or if you have any number of matieral comforts, having a garen to work in would be one of the most grounding forces in the world.