Last year, urban gardener Will Allen was included in Time magazine's prestigious list of the world's 100 most important and influential people.

Last year, urban gardener Will Allen was included in Time magazine's prestigious list of the world's 100 most important and influential people.

"Everybody," he told the magazine, "regardless of their economic means, should have access to the same healthy, safe, affordable food that is grown naturally."

That honorable mission is more than a sound bite for Allen. It's his life's work. Growing Power, his nonprofit organization, has paved the way, helping communities develop efficient urban gardens.

This weekend, Allen will speak at the Franklin Park Conservatory about his organization (tickets are $40 at the door) and present workshops on aquaponics, vermicomposting and other production techniques. The workshops cost $170 and will take place at Growing Power's Columbus outreach center, Stiletto Gardener.