Urban farming advocate Will Allen of Milwaukee is addressing “Growing Power and the Urban Farming Revolution” in a presentation at Xavier on Sunday, Sept. 26. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Conference Center in Xavier’s Cintas Center.
Allen is the co-founder and current CEO of Growing Power, a non-profit organization focusing on urban agriculture, low-cost farming techniques and bringing fresh, healthy food to low-income areas. Growing Power's farm sits on two acres of land within Milwaukee’s city limits and produces vast amounts of food for local residents. The organization empowers urban residents to establish their own farming initiatives.
Allen has received numerous honors and awards for his work including being named a 2008 MacArthur Fellow and a “hero” in Time 100: The World's Most Influential People.
The event at Xavier is co-sponsored by the Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati, the Civic Garden Center and the Central Ohio River Valley Local Foods Initiative.
The purpose of the Ethics/Religion and Society program is to encourage ethical and religious analysis of socially significant issues. For 2010-2011, the focus is “Green Urbanism” under the general three-year theme of “Ecology and Sustainability.”