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12 African Americans who are greening the nation

Feb. 2, 2011, 12:18 p.m.
Will Allen

Photo: Growing Power

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Will Allen

Allen is an urban farmer and the co-founder and CEO of Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization that helps bring healthy food to underserved urban areas. Recognizing that the unhealthy diets common in low-income, urban populations can create problems like diabetes and childhood obesity, Allen began developing farming methods and educational programs that could give these people access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, Growing Power grows produce in urban farms in both Milwaukee and Chicago, and it works with local organizations to run initiatives like the Farm-City Market Basket Program, which provides a weekly basket of fresh produce to low-income residents at a reduced cost. Growing Power also works with teens and young adults to produce healthy foods for their communities and provide training for those interested in establishing similar farms in other cities.