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February 01st 2010:Our Food...Our Growing Power

Erika Allen, Chicago Projects Manager for Growing Power, a nationally acclaimed non-profit and land trust that provides equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe, and affordable food, joins ZOOM’D to explore the concept of “urban farming.” The goal is to convert vacant plots of land in underused parts of our cities into productive farms. As our population grows exponentially, our resources for growing food—including oil (for fuel), gas (for fertilizer), fresh water, and topsoil—are rapidly depleting around the world. How do we grow food-resilient communities, and how do we do this in disadva

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Erika Allen

Erika Allen is Projects Manager for Growing Power, supporting limited-resource producers to create healthy and diverse food options. Integrating creative techniques with food security and community development, she has established four urban agriculture and food system projects in Chicago, IL. Her recent work includes development of the Chicago Food Policy Council; serving as co-chair for Chicago Organic initiative’s Education, Training and Schools sub-committee; and serving on the Illinois Food, Farms and Jobs Act Task Force. As the daughter of urban farmer Will Allen, she spent her formative years involved in all aspects of agriculture. Erika’s awards include Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating
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