Urban farmer promotes nutrition at Peaceful Grounds

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A former professional basketball player who now specializes in urban farming visited Indianapolis this weekend.

“Our food should be our medicine. Good food should be our medicine and today, that’s not the case,” Will Allen told 24-Hour News 8.

Allen is famous as an urban farmer based in Milwaukee. He visits places such as Peaceful Grounds in Indianapolis to share his knowledge.

Linda Proffitt, the founder of the farm, is one of his students.

“As people are becoming more enamored with the idea of growing their own food, they also need to become more knowledgeable,” Proffitt said.

Usually, Proffitt is the teacher, but this time, she is the student. Will says what he teaches doesn’t come from agriculture school.

“They have not taught folks how to do organic agriculture. That has come from the grass roots. Over many years, of crusty old farmers like me,” Allen said.

Allen is helping Peaceful Grounds promote vermiculture, which is using worms as livestock. The worms’ compost becomes the foundation of the grown vegetables and Allen says if you have top quality soil, you’ll have top quality food.

“If you’re eating really good food with a lot of nutrition in it, you wouldn’t have to take vitamin supplements, because it’s in our food,” Allen said.

He says our food can be our medicine, if we know what we’re doing.

“This is my passion. I’ll do this until they put me in the compost pile. You know, make compost out of me,” Allen laughed.

Peaceful Grounds is opening some new attractions inside the Cattle Barn. Click here for more information.

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