On the occasion of the exhibition Lucas Foglia: A Natural Order, MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient, community activist, and internationally renowned authority on urban agriculture Will Allen will speak about his revolutionary work with Growing Power Inc. and his thoughts about a Good Food Revolution.
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader, and longtime farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Allen is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Allen trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008 Mr. Allen received the prestigous MacArthur "Genius grant" for his efforts to promote urban sustainable food systems. Later, in 20