The Good Food Revolution

The Good Food Revolution

Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

Book - 2012
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A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur "Genius Award" winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed--and heal--broken communities.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee's largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.

In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country's preeminent urban farm--a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen's organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will's personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781592407101
Branch Call Number: 631.5 ALL 2012 23
Characteristics: xiv, 256 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Charles

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Susanstoddard
Aug 02, 2017

The most remarkable thing about this inspiring book are his nonsense observations and descriptions of his process. Folx who are interested in raising worms for and example, have a good primer in his discussion of process.

m2 Jul 01, 2012

Wonderful! This is the life story of Will Allen who is changing the world up in Milwaukee every day. (And won a MacArthur Genius grant for it!) Anyone interested in urban gardening and urban farms should read this book. He is very inspiring. Made me want to tour his facility.

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