Growing Power

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Our vision is to inspire communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound, creating a just world, one food-secure community at a time.

Growing Power
5500 W. Silver Spring Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53218
United States
(414) 527-1546
http://growingpower.org/

CEO

Will Allen

Management Team

Will Allen, Karen Parker, Erika Allen, Martin Bailkey

Board of Directors

Welford Sanders, Ariel Kaufman

Project Leaders

Cassie Brayton

Mission

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Our vision is to inspire communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound, creating a just world, one food-secure community at a time.

Programs

Our work, at its root, focuses on sustainable urban food production and on improving nutrition for inner-city youth, adults and seniors in low-income neighborhoods. We implement our mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner. Here in Milwaukee, Growing Power supports a variety of local community-based food system programs and projects: Youth Corps: low- income youth gain leadership, entrepreneurial and job training skills. Service Learning Program: high school and college students receive academic credit for valuable civic engagement through hands-on environmental education. 'From the Ground Up' workshops: monthly workshops for training in sustainable agricultural methods for youth, adults, seniors and farmers, attended by participants from all over the country. Commercial Urban Agriculture Training Program: adults gain academic and professional experience in Community Food System development using cutting edge techniques. This includes teaching others how to start large scale composting operations. Farm-to-City Market Basket program: weekly food basket of fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables for local residents Farm Fresh to MPS: local, healthy and fresh food procurement for Milwaukee Public School meals to nourish 90,000+ students coupled with teacher and student training to support school agricultural projects. School and community gardens: Vibrant gardens promoting nutrition education, food security, neighborhood revitalization and youth and senior programming

Statistics on Growing Power

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $2,850,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $2,850,000
  • Other funding sources: Growing Power generates funds from sales of goods and services (food production marketing and sales;workshop training, delivery of program services), corporate, international, government grants and contributions (e.g., foundations grants, USDA); in-kind services of more than 10,000 volunteer, inter, and student service learning hours per year (2010).
  • Religious Affiliation: none