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th3R7JJE6PWill Allen, an urban farmer who started a food movement called Growing Power, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 at SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater, 1525 Howe St.

Sponsored by the Racine County Food Bank in partnership with SC Johnson, Allen’s talk is titled A Community Interest Program: Growing Power. Allen, a former professional basketball player, bought two-acres of land and started an urban farm just outside of a large public housing project in Milwaukee.

“Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm – Growing Power – a food and educational center that now produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands,” according to a press release. “Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, ‘Growing Power,’ shows how local food systems can aid troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities together, and improve public health.”

Allen wrote a book about his experience titled “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Health Food, People, And Communities.” He will also sign pre-purchased copies of the book, which will be for sale at DP Wigley, 234 Wisconsin Ave., and Milaeger’s locations at 4838 Douglas Ave. and 8717 Durand Ave.

To RSVP, visit or call (262) 260-2154.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.