Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Will Allen Participates in Michelle Obama's Talk About Childhood Obesity

Will Allen, a Milwaukee urban farmer, NCR-SARE grant recipient, and 2008 MacAthur Fellow, participated in a program with Michelle Obama at the White House in February 2010 for the launch of her new program which aims to combat childhood obesity.

Founded by Will Allen, Growing Power is a farm, food distribution hub, and training center. Growing Power has received and been involved in several NCR-SARE projects, and has collaborated with SARE in presenting workshops such as "Growing Community from the Ground Up."

Presented in conjunction with the USDA’s Risk Management Agency and SARE, From the Ground Up! Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

Additionally, Growing Power's National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference will take place September 10-12, 2010. This conference aims to teach participants how to plan, develop, and grow small farming productions in urban and rural areas.

To read more about Allen's grant work with SARE, visit the SARE online reporting site here and here.

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