Growing Power’s National-International Urban and Small Farm Conference 2016


“Let’s Scale It Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best Practices in Growing, Distribution and Community Building.”

Every two years, hundreds of people from around the world travel to Milwaukee to participate in an intensive three-day conference ranging in topics such as urban aquaculture, urban farming, planning strategies, education, youth programming, food policy and food justice. Participants include farmers, academics, chefs, policy makers, organizers, and people from countless other walks of life. Our conference theme for 2016 is Let’s Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building. It is time for the Good Food Revolution to scale up and push ourselves to move beyond just one garden or one market, and make things better for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world.

This year, Will Allen and conference organizers are excited to announce that we are bringing the conference home hosting it at Growing Power’s world headquarters at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive and at our Community Food Distribution Center in Butler, WI. Hundreds of participants will gather and share best practices and learn how we can scale-up together. Workshops will be hands-on, interactive and will showcase the work being done locally in the Milwaukee area as well as nationally and internationally.

Coinciding with the conference is the Growing Food and Justice for All (GFJI) Gathering. GFJI is a comprehensive network that views dismantling racism as a core principle which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors who are working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems, while supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

We would like conference attendees to learn how they can grow food year-round, no matter what the climate, and how they can build markets for small farms. We hope that the conference will galvanize our collective efforts to create a new food system that fosters better health and more closely-knit communities.

Interested in being apart of this historic conference? Register Today!

Interested in attending but can’t swing the registration fees? 

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Scholarship application is for both Compost & Conference Scholarships as well as Conference Only Scholarships. Scholarships will be given on a first come first serve basis and a small fee may be collected. Please direct any questions to