Sustainably-grown fresh food is often dismissed as a luxury for those who can afford to shop at Whole Foods, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Will Allen will give a speech entitled “Rich Food for All People” at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 20, in the Memorial Chapel. Allen is an urban farmer. If that sounds like an oxymoron to you, then come to his presentation to learn more about the ways in which a growing number (pun intended) of activists are working to create gardens and markets that serve inner-city residents. Some of the most serious health problems with which low-income urban populations struggle, such as diabetes and obesity, are related to lack of access to fresh, healthy food. The nonprofit founded by Allen, Growing Power, Inc., has pioneered methods of growing food in the inner city by teaching residents how to farm using innovative techniques that make the most of limited acreage. Green Roots is really happy to be welcoming him to Lawrence!