As the interview with Will Allen unfolds, you will see firsthand the combination of compassion, charisma and years of hands-on farming experience that have made him a formidable champion of urban farming. His success lies not just in solid farming practices, but in ingenuity, as well. His original two-acre farm in Milwaukee is notable not just for its urban location, but for the remarkable output that it has sustained.
In the course of his far-reaching interview, Allen talks about everything from the secrets to raising shiitake mushrooms and growing lake perch in the middle of the city to the rationale for employing high tunnels - Quonset huts - as greenhouses. And discusses how mentoring young people is as important to him as the farming itself.
Watch the Complete Interview
Download the Interview Transcript (PDF)