Monday, September 10, 2012
the growing power conference
This weekend I had the privilege of attending the Growing Power Urban & Small Farm Conference. For those not familiar with the organization, Growing Power "transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food System. These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community." The agency is the unofficial head of the burgeoning urban farm movement, and I happen to be lucky enough to live in the same city as its headquarters. I managed to snag a scholarship to the conference and attended the speakers, breakout sessions, and one of the urban farm tours.
The best part of the weekend was feeling so alive and refreshed being around others who felt the same passion for rebuilding our broken food system. I kept thinking "these are my people!!" It is such a special gift to feel that you are connecting with your calling and that your calling is to part of building healthy food systems for our communities.
Have you heard of Growing Power? Here's more info on the conference. And more info on Growing Power's founder Will Allen.