Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power and one of TIME Magazine’s top 100 people who affect our world, will be joining us as the keynote speaker for this year’s NWEI North American Gathering in September!

This year’s gathering will focus on issues of food and community, with Will Allen’s keynote address focusing on the power of community and urban agriculture, with stories of inspiration and success from his Milwaukee, Wisconsin efforts.  For those of you not yet familiar with Will or with his organization, Growing Power  is a national nonprofit organization and land trust that inspires communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound, creating a just world, one food-secure community at a time.

“A new movement is sprouting up in America’s low-income neighborhoods. Some urban residents, sick of fast food and the scarcity of grocery stores, have decided to grow good food for themselves. One of the movement’s (literally) towering icons is Will Allen, 62, of Milwaukee’s Growing Power Inc. His main 2-acre Community Food Center is no larger than a small supermarket. But it houses 20,000 plants and vegetables, thousands of fish, plus chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits and bees. People come from around the world to marvel — and to learn. Says Allen: “Everybody, regardless of their economic means, should have access to the same healthy, safe, affordable food that is grown naturally.” (From Time Magazine, 2010).

We are thrilled to have such an inspiring force of change join us in Port Townsend this September. For more information on the upcoming NWEI conference and Will’s keynote address, click here.  Live in the area and know you’d like to come to the keynote?  Order tickets online here.  We hope you will join us for the whole weekend, where we will dig deep together in exploring the continued creation of a more sustainable future!