“A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition’s night, an inspiration and a prophecy.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week Harry Blazer returns with his interview of Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, in Milwaukee.

When you listen to Will Allen, you will hear a man modest in his presentation. But make no mistake — what he is attempting is essential – to make entrepreneurial urban farming work.

Will grew up on a farm, had an early successful career in basketball and then a second career in marketing for Proctor & Gamble. After retiring from the corporate world, he purchased a nursery and a farm in the Milwaukee area and proceeded to build an organization that grows food and grows farmers. Here is how Henry Ford Magazine described his operation in 2013:

“Today, Allen is the quintessential icon of the urban farming movement — a master farmer with more than 50 years of growing under his belt. His innovative techniques in seeding,vermicomposting and aquaponics have built the multimillion-dollar operation Growing Power from a two-acre farm in Milwaukee. Here, Allen still personally nurtures more than 20,000 plants and veggies, creates compost from more than 180,000 pounds of waste per week, raises thousands of fish of varying types and tends to an ever-expanding flock of chickens, goats, rabbits and more. Along with selling what he harvests to neighboring communities in need, he is equally committed to sharing what he knows. He is training urban youth in his farming techniques so they, too, can grow their own good food, wipe out inner-city food deserts and start building healthy, sustainable food systems for future generations. Already, these well-trained prodigies are running more than a dozen additional Growing Power farms in Illinois and Wisconsin as well as a dozen more regional training centers across the U.S.”

Harry thought this interview was so important that he flew to Milwaukee to talk to Will in person. I hope it inspires you to support Will and the entrepreneurs around you who are rebuilding your local fresh food system.

In Lets Go to the Movies, I recommend Allen’s comments on urban farming at PopTech2009.

It is the last week of the month, so no Money & Markets. Catherine will answer your questions for the Ask Catherine section next week.

More About Will Allen:

Henry Ford Tour Folder Article
Bio & Awards List
100 in 100 Flyer
Haiti ‘M’ Article
Press Kit
Will Allen on Wikipedia

The Solari Food Series:

About Harry Blazer

Introducing the Solari Food Series

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By Catherine Austin Fitts

Richard Dolan just published a new, excellent summary introduction to “The Secret Space Program and Breakaway Civilization.”  You can access it in paperback or e-book form from Richard Dolan Press.  If you want to understand the financial dynamics at the heart of our economy, then you will need to “GO THERE.” This book gives you a great kickstart.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: I have just learned that Dr. Perry and his wife Kim were killed in a plane crash this past weekend {August 14, 2016) with two other couples as they returned from a dental conference in Florida. Dr Perry was such an extraordinary man that I struggle to find words to describe this loss – for his three beautiful children whom he loved and adored, for his family, his colleagues and the Oxford, Mississippi community. Please say prayers for the Perry family. Funeral information here. Contributions in memory of the Perry’s may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund, 416 South Fifth Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.  Entitled “Our Oxford Family Memorial Fund,” a special fund has been established to support the families of the Perrys and the other two couples killed in the crash. Go to www.ouroxfordfamily.com or send checks to P.O. Box 1234 – Oxford, MS 38655.

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”
~Yogi Berra

By Catherine Austin Fitts

It is remarkable what a talented entrepreneur can do when they decide to make a difference.

Dr. Michael Perry has a highly successful practice as a periodontist and is an active father in Oxford Mississippi. Busy as he is, he understands the importance of  kids in northern Mississippi having facilities to excel at sports. Oxford, home of University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), is a pretty sophisticated place. However, in the rural areas surrounding Oxford, the quality of facilities and opportunities can fall off pretty quickly.

So Perry built the Oxford-Lafayette Sportsplex. Giving kids access to play baseball and soccer meant finding ways of making the Sportsplex economic to use and maintain. Coaches and parents volunteer and LED lighting cuts costs to the bone.

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