First Lady, Michelle Obama, visits Iron Street!

November 14, 2011 | Author: erika | 1 Comment

We were so excited to have the First Lady, Michelle Obama, come visit the farm on October 25th with Mayor Emanuel. Mrs. Obama and Mayor Emanuel came for a tour of Iron Street Urban Farm after holding a press conference at a Walgreens in Chicago’s Chatham community, located on the City’s south side. The Chatham Walgreens and 19 others in the city will start offering vegetables and other fresh food in communities that lack fresh and healthy food options.

In her continued efforts to address and fight childhood obesity and food insecurity, the First Lady came to Iron Street to see how Growing Power and the local community have been working towards producing healthy and sustainably grown food in urban environments. While touring the facility, Mrs. Obama got her hands dirty in our vermicomposting bins and examined our aquaponics systems and oyster mushroom production.

Over a dozen of our youth, many who reside in food desert communities, were also given the opportunity to meet and interact with the First Lady!

So if you haven’t already, please find a time to come out and take a tour of Iron Street Urban Farm. It is growing and evolving every day and we’d love the opportunity to share our work with you. Call our Chicago office to set up an appointment, 773.376.8882



Michael Pollan World’s 7 most powerful foodies

November 8, 2011 | Author: Growing Power | 2 Comments

We’re thrilled Michael Pollan included our very own Will Allen to his World 7 most powerful foodies.

Michael Pollan’s seven most powerful foodies

1. Michelle Obama, First Lady
2. Marion Nestle, NYU Professor
3. Josh Viertel, Slow Food USA President
4. Will Allen, Urban Farmer
5. Jack Sinclair, Walmart Head of Grocery
6. Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group Executive Director
7. Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

Let’s make history together! Be part of the FIRST vertical farm

October 4, 2011 | Author: Growing Power | 3 Comments

Dear Friends,

Growing Power is undertaking something that has never been done before. We will build the first five-story vertical farm in the world. Our vertical farm will have south-facing greenhouse areas for the year-round production of plants, vegetables, and herbs. The building will provide educational classrooms, conference spaces, a demonstration kitchen, food processing and storage areas, freezers, and loading docks to further support our mission as a local and national resource for learning about urban sustainable food production. Administrative offices, volunteer spaces, and staff support areas will be closely connected to the greenhouse and educational areas to allow for active observation and participation.  In essence, the vertical farm will be a hub of economic activity, community building, educational opportunities, and resource sharing for the Milwaukee community and the world.

Locally and globally, growing food naturally and sustainably has become a necessity more so than ever during these trying times. This is something we have to do in the future to be able to provide sustainable, high quality food to everyone in all situations. At Growing Power, we have proven that this model can be replicated. Ultimately, we are all responsible for making sure everyone has access to high quality food. A vertical farm will increase local food production and improve food access while creating thousands of jobs.

In Milwaukee, the Mayor and City Council support our vertical farm building and have passed the zoning requirements for Growing Power to build the five story vertical farm, which is located five blocks from the largest housing project in the city of Milwaukee. We invite you to join us. We’re in a capital campaign and asking for at least $25 or more to make our vertical farm a reality. Everyone can be a part of this solution. To show our appreciation, your name will be inscribed on a plaque that will be displayed at the vertical farm.

Learn More:

Help build the vertical farm. Make a $25 donation today!

Help build the vertical farm. Make a donation today!

by check to “Growing Power” and mailed to

Growing Power, Inc.
5500 W. Silver Spring Drive,
Milwaukee, WI 53218.

Let’s make history together!


Will Allen

Farmer, Founder, and CEO of Growing Power

“The Good Food Movement is now a Revolution”