This August we wrote about what’s sizing up to be Seattle’s biggest city farm, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW). Today, Will Allen, one of the inspirations behind that farm, is visiting Seattle from Milwaukee to meet with Seattle Tilth and other community farming groups and to talk about his book The Good Food Revolution and the children’s book about him, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. Allen will speak at the Central Library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday during a community information fair on sustainable foods and urban farming, an event that is free and open to the public.
Allen was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2010 and awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant for his work on sustainable urban farming. In 1995 he founded Growing Power, a nonprofit farm in Milwaukee that raises produce and fish for the surrounding community and teaches young people about food and farming. “Will Allen has been tremendously influential in promoting urban agriculture as a means toward creating a more just and equitable food system,” says Seattle Tilth’s Executive Director Andrea Platt Dwyer. Farmers are replicating some of Allen’s innovative sustainable farming practices at RBUFW.