Monday, September 14, 2009

Growing Power Expansion Is Regionalism, Water-Related Development Without All The Hoopla

Growing Power, the internationally-acclaimed organic food and teaching business created by urban farmer Will Allen, has made a deal with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission to expand on an MMSD site in Oak Creek.

This is good news on many levels:

Allen's operations get much-needed new space.

The region will get a bigger outlet for recycled food waste and thus a greater output of healthy food.

More people will get trained in Allen's sustainable methods.

Milwaukee and region will get more solid media from Growing Power's work and presence.

All in all, a terrific outcome, but notice that it took place in a nice loop of public and private and non-profit partners and benefactors who worked towards a regionally-and-nationally-beneficial set of goals.

This is regional development that shows you don't have to have a glitzy corporate machine promoting the area's existing resources.

Just people willing to roll up their sleeves and get the work done.

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