Friday, July 1, 2011

Will Allen Is Coming To Columbus in Two Weeks

Urban Gardening Guru, Will Allen, is coming to Columbus for a reception and two-day workshop in just two weeks.

In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation called Milwaukee’s Will Allen a genius for the work that he has done in developing urban food gardens in poor neighborhoods. In 2010, Time Magazine called him a hero and declared him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

FPC is honored, therefore, to be able to work with Mr. Allen’s new Columbus affiliate, Stiletto Gardener; Franklin Park Conservatory’s Growing to Green program; and other leaders of the Columbus progressive food movement to introduce Columbus to Mr. Allen and his work.

Mr. Allen will begin his visit on Friday, July 15, with a small reception at the Conservatory (1777 East Broad Street, Columbus). The reception will be followed by a keynote address at FPC describing his organization, Growing Power, its philosophy, its methods, and its accomplishments.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 16th and 17th, Mr. Allen will lead two hands-on workshops, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on the details of urban food gardens, with subjects ranging from how to build a hoop-house to vermiculture to urban aquaponics. See location of workshops at

Tickets for the keynote address alone are priced at $35; reception and workshop tickets (limited availability) are $50 and $170, respectively, and include free admission to the keynote address. Tickets and more information can be obtained at the following URL:

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