Growing Power Committed to A Growing Nation Rashidah Butler Service Learning Project Geography 125 PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME SLIDES INCLUDE VIDEO AND SOME INCLUDE AUDIO. What is Growing Power? Growing Power is an organization that focuses on the improvement of people through the development of Community Food Systems. The Motto Is Simple: To grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community "If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system." -Will Allen The Chief Executive Officer of Growing Power How do I feel about my experience at Growing Power? The Animals are a huge part of how the inner-city farm operates Why do we have them? Even Old McDonald was most remembered for the animals he had on his farm. Animals are an important part of any well functioning farm. Growing Power has: •Goats- Used to serve the diverse cultures within the communities. These cultures use goat meat in their traditional diets and holiday feasts •Worms and Fishes- Used for the aquaponics, worm casting, etc •Chickens- Used for the production of farm fresh eggs •Turkeys and Ducks- Raised for meat production •Bees- Used to harvest honey and produce beauty products such as soaps and lip balms Animals are a huge part of the running of the Milwaukee inner-city farms My Most Memorable Experience Sifting Worm Castings I Did A Lot Of Topping off Pots • • This was one of the easier things that I had to do Basically, I topped off pots that had already been filled with soil Aquaponics • • There are three Tilapia systems and six Yellow Perch aquaponics systems in the greenhouses This systems grows cops and fish in a recirculating system Why is aquaponics important? Simple- The system that Growing Power uses is cheap and easy to use. The system filters water and removes bacteria which helps to grow plants and feed the fish which are used for selling. The systems goes in a huge circle and each part is useless without the other. The filtered water is pumped from the gravel bed to the growing beds Beneficial bacteria break down the toxic ammonia in fish waste Water is drained from the fish tank into the gravel bed The water is wicked up to the crops roots with the help of coir Finally, the water flows from the growing beds back into the tank of fish. The Joys Of Composting What is compost? Vermicompost: At Growing Power, worm compost, is the final product of the breakdown of organic material by worms. Worms are used to create a nutrient-rich, organic fertilizer and soil conditioner that we use on all of our growing beds and as a value-added product that Growing Power sells at their store and at farmers' markets. Growing Power’s compost is made with recycled food waste, farm waste, brewery waste, and coffee grinds. So what does any of this stuff have to do with what I learned in Geo. 125? Growing Power is known mostly for their food production and distribution throughout the community. More specifically, Growing Power deals strictly with organic farming and healthy and affordable food allocation. In our Geography class, we talked a lot about different types of organic farming and agriculture. It ties into Growing Power because at Growing Power, they stress the importance of teaching people and making them aware of healthier lifestyle alternatives when it comes to food consumption.