The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

88%

12 Critic Reviews

"The Good Food Revolution" is inspiring not only because of Allen's own story but because of those of the people around him — his parents and siblings, wife and children.
-LA Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Will Allen

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After retiring from professional basketball and executive positions at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, WILL ALLEN became the CEO of Growing Power. He lives in Milwaukee.CHARLES WILSON is a journalist and the coauthor with Eric Schlosser of the #1 New York Times bestselling children's book Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food.
 
Published May 10, 2012 by Gotham Books. 297 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Cooking, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
May 01 2012

Many chapters end with a summary of key points or helpful gardening tips, making it a good read for young adults as well. What Allen does with a small plot of land and a lot of determination is nothing short of inspiring.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Julia Inslee on Aug 05 2012

What’s refreshing about Allen’s commentary is that he is both a realist and an idealist. He doesn’t presume to say that his solutions will fix disadvantaged communities right away, but that it will take commitment over years.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Mary MacVean on Jun 13 2012

"The Good Food Revolution" is inspiring not only because of Allen's own story but because of those of the people around him — his parents and siblings, wife and children.

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Serious Eats

Excellent
Reviewed by Leah Douglas on Jun 17 2012

Allen is an inspiring figure, whose passion and pragmatism come across clearly in his new book The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.

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Horticulture

Excellent
Reviewed by Patty Craft on Jul 17 2012

Will Allen has helped me believe that I can make a positive difference in my family’s life by growing some of our food...The seed for the future has been planted here.

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Energy Bulletin

Excellent
Reviewed by Staff on May 14 2012

A garden in your back yard can provide the self-respect of being a little more self-sufficient in a world where we often are made to feel the powerless victims of the Dow Jones Industrial average

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Joy's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Joy Moll on Sep 15 2012

This will appeal most to anyone who has interests in sustainable agriculture or urban food needs, but it’s also a good choice for memoir fans and those interested in how race plays a role in every aspect of American culture

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Savoring Kentucky

Good
Reviewed by Rona on Sep 03 2012

Allen’s passionate assertions about the ways a healthy food system builds strong character and communities make me want to work more skillfully and in a more focused way on building sound urban agricultural systems

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Berenbaum's

Good
Reviewed by Chey on Aug 09 2012

Allen's approach is akin to a dynamo spinning and spinning and eventually clearing and transforming raw energy into directed, productive power.

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MiniManor Blog

Good
Reviewed by Maillardville Manor on Jul 05 2012

I think what I loved most about it was that it combined useful information, tied up with an amazing, and inspiring story. One person can make a difference, Will Allen is proof.

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The Cheerful Agrarian

Good
Reviewed by Ruth on May 26 2012

There are so many interesting ideas in this book...I found it so inspirational - I can't wait to start growing more food for our family (and hopefully someday for others as well).

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Real Food Law

Good
Reviewed by Real Food Lawyer on May 19 2012

The practical advice and philosophical themes work together to inspire the reader to live a fulfilling life by harnessing her unique gifts, talents, experiences, and passions into something meaningful.

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