Growing Power ROTC

As part of the Women’s Environmental Institute’s food, farm, and environment justice mission, we have joined forces with Growing Power, becoming a Growing Power “Regional Outreach Training Center” for Minnesota and the surrounding region. WEI is working with Growing Power through annual training weekends and much more to bring urban and rural farming together, especially to save the small family farm in connection with urban farming. The goal is to build healthy sustainable farm communities locally, regionally and nationally by growing more farmers and the systems needed.

Will Allen, is a nationally and internationally renowned urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to under-served, urban populations. Guiding all his efforts is the recognition that the unhealthy diets and related chronic diseases of many low-income populations are largely attributable to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.

In 1995, while engaging neighborhood children in an urban gardening project, Allen began developing farming methods and educational programs that are now the hallmark of the non-profit organization Growing Power, which he co-founded and directs. Rather than embracing the “back to the land” approach promoted by many within the sustainable agriculture movement, Allen’s holistic farming model incorporates growing farmers and building the infrastructure to distribute the food produced by the farmers in the regional place where farmers and consumers come together.

Will Allen was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, is a winner of the 2008 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award, is one of an member of the elite group of winners of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, and was honored as the endowed chair of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Our 6th Annual WEI/Growing Power Regional Training Weekend will take place on September, 2015.