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Will Allen Event

Will Allen Event

Will Allen, CEO, GROWING POWER & MacArthur “Genius Grant” Recipient Visits Cleveland, Ohio

Will Allen is the CEO of Growing Power, a national not-for-profit organization supporting the development of community food systems.  He has over 50 years of experience in farming, marketing and distributing food, and is known as an innovator and creator of food systems.

Mr. Allen has developed a pioneering bio-intensive growing system using worms, which is being used in urban and rural agriculture projects around the world.  Mr. Allen was awarded the 2008 MacArthur “Genius Grant” for his efforts to promote sustainable farming in low-income neighborhoods, and named by Time Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in the World in 2010.

On Friday, March 18th, Mr. Allen will give a keynote lecture at 7 p.m. at Case Western Reserve University’s Ford Auditorium, located in the Allen Memorial Medical Library (corner of Euclid Ave. and Adelbert). The lecture will be followed by Q & A, and a meet and greet reception. Admission is $35. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available to CWRU students, staff, and faculty through the CWRU Social Justice Institute (contact:

Will AllenOn Saturday, March 19th, Mr. Allen will lead a workshop on aquaponics & vermiculture from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Rid-All Green Partnership/Growing Power Regional Outreach Training Center, East 81st and Otter Road (off Kinsman Road) in Cleveland, Ohio.  The workshop is $75 per person and includes lunch. Combined tickets for the Friday keynote forum and Saturday workshop are $100.  Please call (330) 273-8877 to register or for more information.

These events are presented by the Rid-All Green Partnership, Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) and Environmental Health Watch. Sponsors of the Keynote Forum are the CWRU Social Justice Institute, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, and PolicyBridge.