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Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people.

 

List one or two goals for 2016 for you and/or your business.

We are trying to expand into soap making. Our teens will use milk from our goats and herbs they grow to have an additional value added product to sell.

 

What was your favorite or memorable experience from our 2015 Market?

Brian loves when school groups and "all the shorties" come through and he has them try the microgreens and edible flowers.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what one seed or item would you bring? Why?

Matches and avocado seeds (if there aren't avocados already there).

 

Briefly describe your background and current business philosophy/style and how that carries over to your product line.

It's all about the soil.  Good soil means that the produce we grow is healthier and tastes better.  Because it is locally grown, our produce also lasts longer and is picked at its peak, which is better for the consumer, both in terms of the nutrients provided, but also because the produce stays fresher for longer.

 

Your favorite comfort food.

Fried perch, greens, and anything my wife Cynthia makes.  She's a fantastic cook!

 

Your dream vacation spot.

I love Miami.  I attended the University of Miami for undergrad on a basketball scholarship, and enjoy visiting the area when I can.

 

What you wish would change about food access or food systems in general in the world.

2015 - We need more people growing food in our cities, which will not only provide local food access, but will also help fuel the local economy.  Living wage jobs in our neighborhoods is an enormous part of creating social justice.  We can't address poverty and racism without folks having productive work that pays them fairly.

 

2016 - We would love to see community based solutions where folks in neighborhoods have the ability to grow their own food in safe growing conditions, as well as the opportunities to have input on what food solutions would work best for them.

 

Any go-to recipe you would like to share?

We all love the Publican.  

 

Do you have a secret talent?

From Will Allen: It's not really a secret, but I was a pretty good basketball player back in the day.

 

Any go-to recipe you would like to share?

We all love Will's crunchy collards.  Clean collards with salt water and cut into thin strips.  Sautee in a little water or broth, add a healthy pinch of salt and pepper, until greens are somewhat tender.  Drain the liquid out and sauté greens in olive oil until crispy. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes, 2 tbls honey, salt and pepper to taste at the end of cooking.