Growing Power plans to add building

Growing Power Inc., a Milwaukee nonprofit urban farm organization at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, plans to build a five-story building for classrooms, offices, food and fish growing space, a demonstration kitchen, a retail food outlet and food processing space.

Growing Power and its president and chief executive officer, Will Allen, have received national attention for Allen’s efforts to create sustainable urban farms that provide healthy food for lower income individuals in areas, such as inner city neighborhoods, that have a lack of grocery stores.

The organization works to provide neighborhood-based sustainable agricultural education.

As a result of its success, Growing Power says it needs more space to support production, classes, meetings, meal preparation, offices and on-site warehousing.

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