John Ameroso, urban farming pioneer responsible for teaching New Yorkers how to grow and sell food in the city, hangs up his hoe

By Tracie McMillan

The New York Times 2010-05-19

Urban farmer, activist grows power with worms, aquaponics

Urban farmer, activist grows power with worms, aquaponics

To Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, local isn't rolling pasture or suburban garden: It's 14 greenhouses of worm composting and aquaponics crammed onto two acres in working-class neighborhood. Company isn't self-sufficient, but neither is industrial agriculture. Nor can it be compared to other small farms, because it also offers social, ecological and economic bottom lines.

By Elizabeth Royte

The New York Times 2009-07-01

Urban farmer wins 'genius grant' for push to make fresh food affordable

Urban farmer wins 'genius grant' for push to make fresh food affordable

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Will Allen uses aquaculture and vermiculture, and heats greenhouses with composting.

Urban farmer in Milwaukee wins $500,000 MacArthur 'genius grant' (click 'See also) for developing farming methods and educational programs designed to provide healthy food to everyone. His nonprofit, Growing Power (, just expanded its program of selling bags of fruit and vegetables for $14 -- a week's worth for a family of four.

By Lee Bergquist

Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) 2008-09-22

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Opinion: Healing garden:

Near the site of a murder that ripped a North Carolina town apart, the Anathoth Community Garden now grows, the gift of a black woman to a white church, and now the working poor find food at their door, and the town is finding a new peace.

By Fred Bahnson

Orion Magazine 2007-07-01

Star power:

Star power:

Like prima donnas, heirloom tomatoes wait an extra week to ripen, but these voluptuous misfits with the tawdry, nightclub-act names - Cherokee Purple, Banana Legs, Green Zebra, Hillbilly, Black Russian - have it in their power to hold us all in thrall for a good part of the summer.

By Tim Stark

Washington Post 2007-08-15

Eating summer:

Seeking the perfect tomato means eschewing perfectly formed orbs in favor of a weedy tangle of vines in which antique, thin-skinned heirloom treasures are hidden; this obsession is an art in the Merrimack Valley, where growers proliferate.

By Kristi Ceccarossi and Darry Madden

The Hippo (NH) 2007-08-23