- Author: Susana C. Bruzzone-Miller
Dr. Surls collaborates with Mr. Allen on a multi-city study of urban farms. Allen is Co-Principal Investigator for the Community and Regional Food System (CRFS) Project, a 5-year nationwide study funded by the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (www.community-food.org). He is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Growing Power, Inc., a 20-year-old sustainable agriculture organization based in Milwaukee, with project offices in Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin (www.growingpower.org). A farmer of more than 30 years, teacher, and community activist, his work is highly regarded and widely emulated and the Growing Power training sessions are nationally recognized. Allen has been the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards and recognitions, including a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award. In 2012, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. His autobiography, The Good Food Revolution, was published by Gotham Books in 2012.
Mr. Allen and guests also toured the HAREC facility with Director, Jose De Soto, and learned about other agriculture related research and education activities available at the Center.