Urban farming guru Will Allen will be in B'more Wednesday (3/7) to speak about sustainable agriculture and the challenges ahead. 

Allen, son of a sharecropper and a former professional basketball player with the Baltimore Bullets (now the Wizards), is founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee.  His efforts have earned him numerous awards and recognition, including a MacArthur "genius" grant in 2008.

His lecture and signing of a new book, On the Nature of Food, will be at 12:15 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St.  His appearance is sponsored by Hopkins' Center for a Livable Future.