Over the past few months, I've had a strong desire to read organic cookbooks and books about revolutionizing how and what we eat. We then feed some of this finished compost to millions of red worms. That being said, he has had amazing and tangible positive effects on the lives of many people an I love what Will Allen did and what he's doing through Growing Power. He unveils a broken food system and its profound effect on us all, costing us billions of dollars in healthcare costs. They have become entirely dependent on a food system that is harming them. A brief, straight-forward and honest summary of Will Allen's journey to urban agriculture.
I feel like I've witnessed the growth of another icon to add to that list, Will Allen. The book is great for those curious about the Urban Farming trend that is taking our country by storm, those that have a dream of bettering the lives of others, and those that may have lost faith in society. I then transplanted the harvested worms to other compost bins, where they could begin the months-long process of reproducing and eating their way through another pile. Allen, the son of sharecroppers, embraced his inner farmer and revitalized a community while teaching us what Urban Farming is all about. My vision is of a food system that works for everyone. Yet the desire to farm hid inside me. Now, with The Good Food Revolution, we learn how Allen rediscovered the power of agriculture, and in doing so transformed a city, its community, and eventually the world — with the help of millions of red wiggler worms.
It can make farming attractive to young people again, particularly for young people of color. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of locals. As Teddy Roosevelt once pointed out, it is better to be the man or woman in the arena - the one whose 'face is marred by dust and sweat and blood' - than it is to be a person who just talks about doing things. Simply put, Will Allen's book is exciting. I see more people growing food in their backyards and on a human scale. Sometimes on the sidewalks of Milwaukee, there will be a flower or a tall weed sticking defiantly out of the tiniest crack in the concrete. The message that Allen shares with us is promising in that even though there are many ways we can make a difference, we can start right now, today, in our own backyards simply by picking up a shovel and getting our hands a little dirty.
This is a moving and inspiring book, and it points out some serious problems in our culture and society. He lives with his wife in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He is an inspiration to us all and has touched a lot of lives through his community organizing and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, when most African-Americans think of farming, they associate it with slavery and an abusive sharecropping system that arose after the Civil War. 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.
It's clear he has a lot of insight into this world and that comes out in the quantity and diversity of experiences and stories which are intermingled thr I loved the intent of this book: communicating that everybody deserves the right to quality food and we can all do a little towards that goal. That being said, he has had amazing and tangible positive effects on the lives of many people and his book is a feel-good rallying cry. He defies adversity and takes a gamble on a feeling in his soul that healthy fresh food should be for everyone, especially those who live in low income urban environments and growing healthy In short, this book is a great inspiration. Overall, the message was inspiring and it was wonderful to see what Alan achieved from where he started. Are these expensive to implement? Living in Madison, I had heard about the work Will Allen was doing for years. Allen the author runs a community garden in Milwaukee and heads an organization called dedicated to urban farming.
Not least, we're going to need a new generation of farmers. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents. My return to farming was a kind of homecoming. It all begins with healthy soil. From that interview, I expected a book about food policy.
Fortunately Allen overcame that reluctance, and became a leader of the urban farming movement. It's a book that could be inspiring to anyone interested in youthwork, local food, and sustainability, and Allen has a lot to say specifically about farming in an African-American context. I have had the privilege to tour Will's operation and to hear him speak. Why do you feel that the authors devote so much time to telling the stories of Karen, DeShell, and DeShawn Parker? Sterling is one of only seven Work-Learning-Service colleges in the nation. .
I realize that human lives can be like that. Do you feel that the lesson the bird imparts is true? Allen is definitely deserving of the MacArthur genius grant. He is as committed and passionate in person as he sounds in this book. Many chapters end with a summary of key points or helpful gardening tips, making it a good read for young adults as well. He bought some greenhouses in 1993 to make money and provide some fresh food to a part of Milwaukee where there was a grocery black hole, and nothing fresh. Would you have wanted the story told differently? I'd have liked some meatier descriptions of his education programs as well, but I think that might be a different kind of book. At first I wondered why a book about farming would spend so much time talking about the trauma of other people, until I realized that The Good Food Revolution is all about impacting these sorts of communities and individuals.
This book is his memoir. Having grown up in a rural area with a father who was an outstanding producer of organic food, I This is an excellent, inspirational book. Having grown up in a rural area with a father who was an outstanding producer of organic food, I was skeptical. It's clear he has a lot of insight into this world and that comes out in the quantity and diversity of experiences and stories which are intermingled throughout the book. I see urban hospitals that grow their own fresh food in greenhouses and feed it to their patients.