Information Artwork: Good Food Revolution

Information Artwork: Good Food Revolution

Location: Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI
Featuring: Will Allen, Founder, Growing Power

Growing Power plays a vital role in the Milwaukee foodshed, providing people from diverse backgrounds equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. Their national outreach programs teach community leaders across America how to grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner. Training today covers such topics as anaerobic digestion for food waste, bio/phyto remediation, aquaculture, vermiculture, small- and large-scale composting, urban agriculture, permaculture, food distribution, marketing, youth and leadership development, community engagement and project planning.

While tomatoes only grow in the summer months, over 150 varieties of produce, including spinach, arugula, chard, turnips, collard greens, lettuce, and peppers grow throughout the year.

Vermiculture is all about worms. In this case, red wiggler worms enrich and remediate soil with their castings. This worm poop is the best organic fertilizer available. Worms can even decontaminate soil. The beneficial bacteria in their gut breaks down heavy organic compounds and actually destroys harmful E. coli bacteria.

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient-enriched water instead of soil).

Growing Power raises about 100,000 fish per year. These include tilapia, a warm-water fish native to Africa, and lake perch, a cool-water fish native to North America.

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