Monday, November 12, 2012

Growing Power Trip!!

Hello everyone!

An event can change how your day is going, how you look at an issue and even change your whole perspective on what a garden is suppose to look like. I am very lucky to be able to work with two LLC rather than one; it’s like getting double the experience! And since I got the Environmental Sustainability & Biology-Mathematics and Lab Rats: Undergraduate Research LLC I get to be creative on my event planning.

One of our main events of the semester just happened at the beginning of November and it was a total success. Along with the Advisors and Mentors, we decided to take a group of students on a private tour to the Growing Power Facility in Milwaukee as a way to learn more about Environmental Sustainability and the processes that come with the development of an Urban Farm.  

 “Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.  Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner”
-Growing Power Official Website
Everyone was pretty impressed with the thousands of worms being grown

This event not only allowed students to learn about organic urban farming in the area but it allowed them to have a first hand experience on some of the most basic stages of having your own garden. Just to get an idea of all the things that you can learn at Green Power, here are a couple things we learned about: aqua phonics, micro-greens, worm farms, fish families, organic vegetables, goat milk, soil/humus, nutrient cycles and even fungi growth.

The fish tanks were pretty impressive!
The early stages of the greens!

Overall, it was a great opportunity for students to get out there and make those stronger connections with UWM staff and community leaders. I am sure that this experience will be one that students will always remember and keep in their mind as a positive experience.
Steve, one of our Sustainability LLC students trying out some refreshing Sunflower micro-greens!
The goats seemed to really like Anuli!

I really hope everyone has a chance to check it out at some point since we are very lucky to have such a great green facility so close to us. Anyone can donate their time and become a volunteer or even purchase some of their great organic products!

Growing Power can be found at:
5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53218
Tel. 414.527.1546 l Fax 414.527.1908

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