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, Tammy McIntyre, Sarah Christman, Jim Price, Jessica Day

Board of Directors

Will Allen, Karen Parker, Tammy McIntyre, Sarah Christman, Jim Price, Jessica Day

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
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