Growing Power not only grows food, but it produces all the soil it uses
in food production, composting more than 22 million pounds of food waste
collected from breweries, coffee companies and corporations such as
Walmart every year. The organization, which operates as a nonprofit,
provides outreach, technical assistance and on-the-ground training for
thousands of volunteers, workshop participants and community members.
Having started as a youth service organization that worked with kids
from the juvenile justice system, it now employs more than 100 people,
many of whom have a history of incarceration, and is growing, with plans
this year to build a five-story vertical garden, the first of its kind
in the world. The organization sells fresh food to local high-end
restaurants, public schools and farm stands in areas designated "food
deserts" and "food swamps," and has thus contributed to food security in
the cities where it operatesMilwaukee, Madison and Chicago, primarily.
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