The Good Food Revolution

The Good Food Revolution

Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

eBook - 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- 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, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot just outside 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 locals. Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country's preeminent urban farm-a food and educational center that now produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how 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 :, Gotham Books,, 2012.
ISBN: 9781101577882
1101577886
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Charles 1974-- Author
Contents: Part 1 Roots
Black Flight 43
Beginning 52
A Snorting Terror Of Rippling Muscle 63
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner 74
Back To Earth 88
Part 2 Sweat Equity
Black Gold 111
A Little Hope, A Lot Op Will 130
Homecomings 152
Part 3 The Revolution
Overnight Success 183
New Frontiers 208
The Dream 237
Summary: A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award-Winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed- and heal- 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, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot just outside 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 locals. Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country's preeminent urban farm-a food and educational center that now produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how 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.

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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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