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Will Allen is a farmer and a retired basketball player from Wisconsin 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 This book follows his journeys from before getting the greenhouses to growing with the greenhouses The stories of Will s family who were farmers in the South and the friends he works with Waythan just what the title promisedMakes me want to get my hands dir Will Allen is a farmer and a retired basketball player from Wisconsin 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 This book follows his journeys from before getting the greenhouses to growing with the greenhouses The stories of Will s family who were farmers in the South and the friends he works with Waythan just what the title promisedMakes me want to get my hands dirty with compost and soil, and growof my own food This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here We had to read this book for school and it was interesting except for any part about food I was very interested in learning about his basketball career, the issues of marry his wife because of his race, his cancer, the fire, etc, but any part about his farm I honestly couldn t have foundboring I like the idea he has Every community should have access to fresh food, I 100% agree with that I just don t want to read about it. p.35 I believe that this quality of grit , the ability to withstand setbacks and disappointments, isimportant to teach children than any facts we can cram into their heads p.63 We all need a healthy environment and a community that lets us fulfill out potential p.73 The benefits of the hard work that you do now may not be felt for a very long time But if you plant seeds and continue to tend to them and keep faith in the harvest good things can come p.111 this experience sh p.35 I believe that this quality of grit , the ability to withstand setbacks and disappointments, isimportant to teach children than any facts we can cram into their heads p.63 We all need a healthy environment and a community that lets us fulfill out potential p.73 The benefits of the hard work that you do now may not be felt for a very long time But if you plant seeds and continue to tend to them and keep faith in the harvest good things can come p.111 this experience should teach them that hard work brings rewards, though the payoff can often be a long time coming p.121 The worms taught me, I couldn t expect to put them in a box with inadequate resources and have them do well They required husbandry, The worms also made me reflect again on what it took to improve the lives of people You couldn t place folks in the middle of a blighted neighborhood without a strong family unit and without easy access to healthy food and expect them to thrive If you could create an environment in which people felt secure and healthy, though, you could provide the possibility of a better life p.129 I know from experience that it helps to make a good plan before you launch into any project Don t spend so much time on your plan, however, that you never get around to doing something 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 Be a person of action p.164 When worms finished digesting the compost in a bin, I laid a sixteenth inch mesh screen on top of the pile and placed pre composted bananas or other recently fresh food on the top of the screen More than three quarters of the worms in the bin would routinely crawl up through the screen to eat the new food source 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 When people asked me how many staff members I had, I started saying that I had millions I explained that my red wigglers were my hardest working employees, and that they never talked back to me p 207 As parents, we often want to protect our children from challenges Yet it can be precisely in those moments when a child faces and overcomes difficulties when he tries and fails, but survives and tries again that character is formed I read this book because I wanted to learn how Will Allen urban farms, and while I did learn that, this book offered me something of muchvalue a firsthand and historical perspective of the connection between race and food farming Will s personal history combined with historical anecdotes really taught me a LOT about the reasons why parts of the US are still struggling with diet related health problems and institutional racism within food systems.I also really liked the writing in The Goo I read this book because I wanted to learn how Will Allen urban farms, and while I did learn that, this book offered me something of muchvalue a firsthand and historical perspective of the connection between race and food farming Will s personal history combined with historical anecdotes really taught me a LOT about the reasons why parts of the US are still struggling with diet related health problems and institutional racism within food systems.I also really liked the writing in The Good Food Revolution I think I was expecting a sort of manual, but in addition to a much needed history awareness lesson, Allen also includes a lot of autobiographical details and personal experiences specifically of one of his long time employees Karen and her son 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 When everything came together in the book for Growing Power it really did seem like a revolution, because look at all those lives it changed These stories make Allen s success all theimportant and meaningful.Besides teaching me a lot of new things about urban farming methods in disadvantaged communities, The Good Food Revolution left me with a whole lot of inspiration and motivation to do something myself It s one of my dreams to be able to work in urban farming specifically targeting communities that don t have access to nutritional food or even healthy living situations , and I m so glad people like Will Allen have paved the way for that sort of work A great read In short, this book is a great inspiration A combination of Will Allen s family history and his urban farming revolution, this book will inspire you to rethink what you re eating, who is growing it, and how you can help the food revolution Will began I loved reading it and I really hope this book takes off 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 A combination of Will Allen s family history and his urban farming revolution, this book will inspire you to rethink what you re eating, who is growing it, and how you can help the food revolution Will began I loved reading it and I really hope this book takes off 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 fresh food should be an economically viable, profitable business He explores numerous paths to get to his goal growing in greenhouses, worms , incorporating fish farming, lowering energy costs by using self sustaining heating methods, introducing sprouts, which are high in vitamin D, into the wintertime inventory, and on and on He shares all of the knowledge he s gained farming and is actively training others to do just what he s done to change the American culture and to improve the health of our bodies and communities.I would love to see his farm in Milwaukee sometime The Good Food Revolution is a about former pro basketball player, Will Allen, who abandoned the corporate life and committed himself to creating urban farm centers across the country to people the value of locally grown food to healing our environment, improving our nutrition, creating economic opportunity and healing one another Allen explores how USDA engineered corporate farming who uses harmful fertilizers and pesticides Corporate farmers also drove the small farmer out of business Alle The Good Food Revolution is a about former pro basketball player, Will Allen, who abandoned the corporate life and committed himself to creating urban farm centers across the country to people the value of locally grown food to healing our environment, improving our nutrition, creating economic opportunity and healing one another Allen explores how USDA engineered corporate farming who uses harmful fertilizers and pesticides Corporate farmers also drove the small farmer out of business Allen takes us on his journey which began on a farm, evolving to basketball, then an executive with Proctor and Gamble and KFC to deciding he wanted to return to his roots farming not just for himself, but to eventually counter the political economic trends of USDA engineered corporate farming, which also depletes the soil and nutritional content of produce, combined with the main grocers abandoning Black and poor communities and fast food industry targeting Black and poor communities, leaving them with little to no opportunities for fresh produce He pioneered ways of replenishing the soil, recycling waste food from restaurants to create compost, and other innovative farming techniques to help heal local people he hired, as he drove and inspired a movement of small, local, urban farming across the nation At one point, while describing a friend and employee Will Allen writes She wants me to tell her story now Don t pretty it up, she said.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 I realize that human lives can be like that People find a way to persist even when they are provided the narrowest possibility Allen tells the story of persistence, whether it be in the people he knows and lives and work At one point, while describing a friend and employee Will Allen writes She wants me to tell her story now Don t pretty it up, she said.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 I realize that human lives can be like that People find a way to persist even when they are provided the narrowest possibility Allen tells the story of persistence, whether it be in the people he knows and lives and works with or in the ambitious mission he began in the early 1990s when he set out to bring agriculture to the urban desert The development of his project, Growing Power, is inspiring with the amount of unhappy environmental news we hear daily, it is good to hear about such persistence and success Wow Will Allen is a game changer Looking for an inspirational book This is the book for you Instead of hoping to change the food system, Will Allen changed it for many small inner city communitiesand it all started with a dream that he could do it Believe in yourself and others will believe too is the main theme in this book The work he does is amazing If you re interested in eating locally, eating organically, or eating economically, if you like foodie books, if you like memoirs abo Wow Will Allen is a game changer Looking for an inspirational book This is the book for you Instead of hoping to change the food system, Will Allen changed it for many small inner city communitiesand it all started with a dream that he could do it Believe in yourself and others will believe too is the main theme in this book The work he does is amazing If you re interested in eating locally, eating organically, or eating economically, if you like foodie books, if you like memoirs about people who make a difference, this should be the next on your list to read I loved it I felt inspired by it He is an awesome, awesome man Being a middle class white guy, I haven t had to spend much time thinking about the history of race and food in America Will Allen, the son of African American sharecroppers, has spent a lot of time thinking about it His thinking and actions have landed him a MacArthur Genius award for his work to bring good food and good jobs to those confronting the lingering disparities in racial and economic justice Using highly intensive growing techniques composting, vermiculture, aquaculture, etc Being a middle class white guy, I haven t had to spend much time thinking about the history of race and food in America Will Allen, the son of African American sharecroppers, has spent a lot of time thinking about it His thinking and actions have landed him a MacArthur Genius award for his work to bring good food and good jobs to those confronting the lingering disparities in racial and economic justice Using highly intensive growing techniques composting, vermiculture, aquaculture, etc in an urban landscape, Allen is able to crank out significant quantities of high quality food right where it is needed in economically depressed urban areas Prognosis Every town in America needs a Will Allen `DOWNLOAD E-PUB ☝ The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities ⇦ A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed and heal broken communitiesThe 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 residentsIn 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 countryAn 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 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