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Big Man With a Plan for Big City Farming

A retired pro basketball player's program for growing organic fruits and vegetables on reclaimed urban land reaches all the way to the White House.

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— Matthew Gilson

On a wintry Midwestern day, a class of freshmen from the local Montessori high school is crowding into a sun-warmed greenhouse in Milwaukee to learn how to raise vegetables. For six weeks, the students have been focused on growing organic salad greens, herbs, pea shoots and sunflower sprouts. One day soon, they may be selling them to local residents and businesses. Their mentor and teacher, a man who towers over them, is Will Allen, a 6’7” former basketball player and the creator of Growing Power an organization that’s building on a trend flourishing across America: urban farming. … Back to Article

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