Will Allen and a million pounds of organic food on 3 acres

Using vertical space, Will Allen of Growing Power (based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) shows how 3,000 square feet of growing space is converted to 4,500 square feet.  On his total 3 acres, he says he produces a million pounds of organic food each year.  He also recycles the water used in greenhouses to raise mercury-free fish.

Growing Power has farms in Milwaukee and Merton, Wisconsin, and in Chicago, Illinois; and has established satellite-training sites in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Mississippi.

Anaerobic Digestion
The Milwaukee Headquarters is pursuing Anaerobic Digestion. Anaerobic digestion is a the processes in which micro-organisms break down compost in the absence oxygen, which manages waste and creates energy. Anaerobic digestion is widely used as a renewable energy source because the process produces a methane suitable for energy production, helping to replace fossil fuels. The nutrient-rich end product which is also produced can be used as fertilizer.

Solar Cells
The urban farm is also powered through a series of 30 solar panel cells to help offset our energy consumption.

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Related:

How 1 MILLION Pounds of Organic Food Can Be Produced on 3 Acres (Part 1)
Part 2: How 1 MILLION Pounds of Organic Food Can Be Produced on 3 Acres

And be sure to catch the Growing Power Wisconsin Conference, September 7-11, 2011

12 responses to “Will Allen and a million pounds of organic food on 3 acres

  1. Amazing, what can be done without petrochemicals. Better ideas from real science.

    Doc Blake

  2. I am a resident at the Chicago Housing Authority and I’ve expressed to the administrative body on
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  3. I’m impressed at what you have done — all organically. I love hearing that people do this and it so much better for us to not put all those pestacides in our body and it is good for the environment.

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