An Urban Farmer Is Rewarded for His Dream from the NYTimes:
WILL ALLEN already had the makings of an agricultural dream packed into two scruffy acres in one of Milwaukeeâ€™s most economically distressed neighborhoods.
His Growing Power organization has six greenhouses and eight hoophouses for greens, herbs and vegetables; pens for goats, ducks and turkeys; a chicken coop and beehives; and a system for raising tilapia and perch. Thereâ€™s an advanced composting operation â€” a virtual worm farm â€” and a lab that is working on ways to turn food waste into fertilizer and methane gas for energy.
With a staff of about three dozen full-time workers and 2,000 residents pitching in as volunteers, his operation raises about $500,000 worth of affordable produce, meat and fish for one of what he calls the â€œfood desertsâ€ of American cities, where the only access to food is corner grocery stories filled with beer, cigarettes and processed foods.
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Hat tip Will D.