The Good Food Revolution - Will Allen

The Good Food Revolution

By Will Allen

  • Release Date: 2012-05-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 31 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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.

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Latest Impressions

  • A Revolution

    By dgicool
    I read this book for my high school summer homework and I am glad I read this. I normally am not good with reading assigned books but this one was a book that I liked the most. The story is very truthful with the wrong handling our society has in our agricultural system and Allen successes in changing it in his community with his visions and he begins to succeed and ends with a change in perspective of the world around him. He changes the life's of many people and creates a better world one community at a time.