Growing Power’s Urban Farmer Will Allen’s Key Concept for Week Three, October 2005

Farmer Will Says…

First Item:

Grow “Grass Roots Voice” of Small Organic Farmers & Consumers

Growing Power “Listening Session” November 21, starting at 4:30
55th & Silver Spring Farm, Heavy Appetizers on the House from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Listening Session Officially Starts at 6 p.m.

We are teaming up with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute of East Troy and hosting a “listening session” at Growing Power this November 21, which will include “heavy appetizers” and refreshments.

We want to insure a grass roots agenda for the upcoming Farm Bill 207. So we’re hosting this gathering to bring farmers and consumers together to help shape our positions in a way that the national lobbyists for small organic farmers and consumers can get our best possible input

 to counter policy based upon the narrow interests of big agriculture and big food business.

Second Item:

Growing Power Preparing Permanent Exhibit at State Fair

I’ll have more to report on this later. We’re thinking about small acquaponic and vermiculture exhibit for the moment.

Third Item:

November 14th and December 5th Growing Power Tours I’ll host myself, God willing

On November 14th, from around 4 to around 6, I’ll be leading a Growing Power Tour at our Milwaukee farm at 55th & Silver Spring. I hope you will join us(let us know in advance!).

In the meantime, I hope you will return this e-mail and become part of a team that harnesses the power of the internet to advance the Growing Power Cause. We would especially appreciate some help keeping track of national legislation and mobilizing people to insist our Congressional leaders think locally, organically, and cooperatively.

Farmer Will Allen

 http://growingpower.org/

Nice article on us at…

http://www.shepherd-express.com/

Broadcast by Godsil
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/JamesGodsil


Growing Power’s Urban Farmer Will Allen’s Key Concept for Week Two, October 2005

Farmer Will Says…

Promote local food systems

We cannot take our “food systems” for granted. We must work locally to develop an infrastructure that will enable us to partner with local farmers and locally owned food vendors for safe, healthy, and affordable food, especially for your young and our elders.

We could use some Growing Power partners to help us keep track of national level policy that shapes the nature of our food systems. We should establish the capacity to awaken the people and national leaders to the possibilities of locally grown, organic foods. We should reduce our dependency on large corporate and increasingly foreign sources of food.

On November 14th, from around 4 to around 6, I’ll be leading a Growing Power Tour at our Milwaukee farm at 55th & Silver Spring. I hope you will join us(let us know in advance!).

In the meantime, I hope you will return this e-mail and become part of a team that harnesses the power of the internet to advance the Growing Power Cause. We would especially appreciate some help keeping track of national legislation and mobilizing people to insist our Congressional leaders think locally, organically, and cooperatively.

Farmer Will Allen

 http://growingpower.org/

Nice article on us at…

http://www.shepherd-express.com/


Urban Farmer Will Allen’s Key Concept for Week One, October 2005

Farmer Will says…

Extend your growing season

By watching the weather carefully,

And covering your garden

To protect it from the frost.

Don’t just rely on the weather reports.

Pay close attention to the weather

As you and your garden experience it!

You can have healthy and tasty food

For a lot longer than you’d imagine,

If you watch the weather closely

And protect your plants from the frost.

There was a wonderful cover story of Will Allen and Growing Power in last week’s “Shepherd Express” of Milwaukee.
http://www.shepherd-express.com/

Growing Power has a very good web site.
http://growingpower.org/

More on Growing Power winter hands-on workshops to come. Here’s a sneak preview:

Growing Power will hold 5 hands-on workshops starting in January that could set the stage for your own private garden for use and profit, or, for a demonstration project in your neighborhood, school, house of worship, and social enterprise.

Groups from all of the country are incorporating Growing Power concepts and technologies: in Chicago’s Cabarini Green and Grant Park; Toronto; Toledo, Lynchberg, VA(an 80,000 sq. ft greenhouse project(!); and more.

Hands on Weekend Training Workshops for Urban Agriculture in:

  • Vermiculture
  • Composting
  • Aquaponics
  • Beekeeping
  • Animal Care
  • Marketing
  • Project Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Hoop Greenhouse Construction
  • Extended Season Production
  • Mushroom Growing
  • Cheese Making…and More!

Dates:

  • January 14–15

  • February 11–12

  • March 11–12

  • April 22–23

  • May 6–7

Cost and Sign Up Info Available Upon Request

Note: the October 17th tour will not feature Will himself, but will carry on with a tour of the Growing Power magic on 55th & Silver Spring, from 4 to 6 p.m. The November 14th tour is on target, but please call me to confirm as the time approaches(414 232 1336).

Please e-mail me if you would like to help harness the power of the internet to advance the movement Growing Power represents; help develop Growing Power demonstration projects in the new Small School Movement and the traditional schools; or carry Growing Power technologies, methodologies, and “spirit” to Mother Africa and Spanish Speaking countries.

Clear sailing,

Godsil
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/JamesGodsil

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