IHH Award 2010 Winner – Will Allen

Will Allen (Founder), Growing Power, growingpower.org. For most of the past two decades, Will Allen has been crusading to bring healthy, low-cost, sustainable food to the food deserts of our nation’s urban centers through his organization, Growing Power. From a 2.5-acre farm, located in the heart of Milwaukee, Allen is feeding the city’s poor, educating a nation of the benefits of urban farming, and mitigating racism by empowering the minority communities he serves. His holistic farming model incorporates innovative cultivation and distribution network design, including aquaculture, vermiculture, horticulture composting, soil reclamation, food distribution, beekeeping, and marketing. Growing Power also runs numerous collaborative projects, teen internships and training projects, which engage city youth in producing healthy foods for their communities.