Building with Community: Professional Development Training in Sustainable Food Systems

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2003: $90,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
Project Coordinator:
Will Allen
Growing Power, Inc.

Annual Reports


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: focus group, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: value added
  • Soil Management: composting
  • Sustainable Communities: ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, leadership development, urban agriculture, community development


    Growing Power proposes an innovative approach to professional development via hands-on training in community food systems with diverse community members also in attendance to better utilize sustainable agricultural practices. Growing Power’s national community food center offers a setting that was designed for opportunities for interactive education and problem solving, developing training skills by experiential learning.

    Project objectives:

    -10 2-day Trainings at Growing Power’s Community Food Center.

    -Development of curriculum that provide digestible and appropriate information on food systems for education audiences by Growing Power staff.

    -Engage educators in participatory planning process to develop action plan for projects.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.