Xavier Speaker to Address Urban Farming

September 2, 2010

Will Allen will address “Growing Power and the Urban Farming Revolution” on Sunday, September 26 at 7:00 pm at the Schiff Conference Center in Xavier’s Cintas Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. The event 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.

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 farming site sits on two acres of land within Milwaukee’s city limits producing vast amounts of food and empowering 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 purpose of the Ethics/Religion and Society program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. For 2010-2011, the focus is “Green Urbanism” under the general three-year theme of “Ecology and Sustainability.” Speakers will offer reflections on various issues associated with sustaining human life through food production. The lecture series is only a part of the Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) program, whose excellence has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. The NEH awarded the program a challenge grant of $400,000, requiring the University to raise an additional $1.6 million in order to establish an endowed chair, purchase library and computer resources, support a lecture series and provide continuing education opportunities for faculty.