Our Food… Our Growing Power

Erika Allen

Erika Allen

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 disadvantaged communities? This conversation with Erika points to the potential at hand, with Chicago’s urban farming community as a model for the rest of the nation and world to consider. This episode begins a ZOOM’D focus on food and resilience, to be continued with a variety of topics over coming months.

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Our Food… Our Growing Power

February 1, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Guess: Erika Allen


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