Will Allen in Time Magazine’s Top 100 People

I hope you know who Will Allen is. If not, check out this introduction to him I wrote last year.

Anyhow, this has been a BIG week for Will Allen. The urban farmer was not only named in Time Magazine’s top 100 influential people, but he was also given the key to the city of Milwaukee!

From the Time write up:

At one time, the term urban farm sounded like an oxymoron. No longer.

A new movement is sprouting up in America’s low-income neighborhoods. Some urban residents, sick of fast food and the scarcity of grocery stores, have decided to grow good food for themselves.

One of the movement’s (literally) towering icons is Will Allen, 62, of Milwaukee’s Growing Power Inc. His main 2-acre Community Food Center is no larger than a small supermarket. But it houses 20,000 plants and vegetables, thousands of fish, plus chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits and bees.

People come from around the world to marvel — and to learn. Says Allen: “Everybody, regardless of their economic means, should have access to the same healthy, safe, affordable food that is grown naturally.”

The movement’s aim is not just healthier people but a healthier planet. Food grown in cities is trucked shorter distances. Translation: more greenhouses in the ‘hood equals less greenhouse gas in the air.

Just as important, farm projects grow communities and nourish hope. The best ones will produce more leaders like Allen, with his credo “Grow. Bloom. Thrive.”

Watch the video clip below explaining what Will Allen and Growing Power are doing for their community.

One Year Ago This Week:


  1. w_interrobang (wendy) says

    I grew up just outside Milwaukee and was thrilled when Will Allen was picked for a MacArthur “Genius” grant. Now, receiving more national recognition (in a magazine read by people from many walks of life), I couldn’t be more proud of my hometown. Thanks for sharing the great video!

  2. says

    Wow! How exciting! I’m originally from Milwaukee, and his program is just what’s needed there. Good for him!!! Good for the city too.

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