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What is a Madison WI Real Estate Broker doing in the dirt?

Growing Power

Will Allen, Growing Power

Visiting 2 acres of greenhouses and learning all about soil, fish farming and worms is not the typical day for a Madison real estate broker. I was able to turn my phone off for a couple of hours and really tune into what makes Growing Power such an amazing place. It isn't just Will Allen that makes it such a great place; it is his inspiration that permeates the place.

As a business owner I learn from everyone and from every organization every day and that is how I constantly strive to be better. Getting involved with what lights me up in the community is how I stay inspired. Even during our busy seasons, I know that if I let myself drown in real estate, I will do just that, drown.

Two years ago I started meeting with a group of passionate educators and community members who were ready to see a new kind of school in Madison WI. With my Nuestro Mundo Community School experience and my passion for healthy living, working and learning spaces I found myself making the time for the many meetings it takes to start a school. As our vision for the school became clear and our connections within the Madison community presented themselves we started to grow Badger Rock Middle School.

Our culturally and environmentally sustainable charter school is part of a large project with Center for Resilient Cities and Growing Power and will be built on 4 acres of land on the South Side of Madison WI across from Badger Bowl. Urban agriculture is a main ingredient thanks to the land that the school will be built on and our friends at Growing Power.

The planning team takes a trip to Growing Power for a tour and a collaborating meeting with Will Allen

The three things that are made very clear at Growing Power are:

1) Production - this place is about producing and distributing what is grown

2) Education - students learn, then learn to teach and teaching is the best way to change the world

3) Community - creating neighborhood through growing makes a community strong

And as a Realtor it is very clear to me the true importance of community and strong neighborhoods. People want to be a part of a something bigger. We all want to live in healthy environments and strive to eat healthy foods. We want to be friends with our neighbors and feel safe in our homes. I am fascinated by neighborhoods that hold their value in a depreciating market but am not surprised by it either. Those communities stay strong because of the schools, the block parties and the camaraderie to stand up for their neighborhood when they need to.  Keep it up Madison!

Will Allen, Growing Power