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  • Publisher: Gotham (1600)
  • ASIN: B00BQ1X7RU
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1 inches

Customer Reviews

Urban farming is the future of farming!

 on July 1, 2017
By Jp
Currently, one of the issues we face as a society are these combined destructive elements of industrial, large-scale agriculture. This is a story of a professional basketball player to a big executive with Kentucky Fried Chicken and Proctor and Gamble to now an urban farmer in the city of Milwaukee. Will Allen turned his retirement fund into a two-acre plot investment of passion in hopes of transforming an urban food desert into an effervescent community rich of colorful fruits and vegetables the people can thrive on. Owner of an organization called Growing Power, which is an internationally-recognized trailblazer in sustainable urban farming, Will Allen does a remarkable job in providing motivation and insight to create, build, and maintain a better food system. It’s through this lens of an African American experience on how the son of a sharecropper meant to escape the life of a farmer, only to learn he never really could, or wanted to. Not only is Allen’s own story rich of determination and survival, but it’s also the incredible people he meets along the way to assist him in his cultivating new food movement.

This is a true American Hero!

8 people found this helpful.
 on June 10, 2014
By Steve
Will Allen’s story is not just inspirational, but deeply moving! His intuition and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds gives courage to his readers to make the tough changes the food paradigm in this country desperately needs! Not to mention the fact that it’s a great read!

The Good Food Revolution has real "Growing Power"

8 people found this helpful.
 on August 1, 2012
By Lawgirlamy
The Good Food Revolution is the best book I’ve read in a long time. My interest in local and urban agriculture drew me to the book; the intimate stories of individuals and communities that frame that meta-narrative drew me into it. The book arrived on Wednesday. Despite an excessively busy schedule, I had completed it by early Saturday morning, often forgoing much-needed sleep because I simply could not put it down.

Great Book

 on July 2, 2017
By Amazon Customer
What a great book this is. This is not just the story of Will Allen’s journey through Urban Agriculture, but also the story of his family’s hardships and struggles coming North, up and out of South Carolina after the Civil War. It is a lesson in patience, family, and compassion.

Ohio State Freshmen Book 2015

One person found this helpful.
 on July 31, 2015
By Marjean M. Hull
My grandson will be starting his freshmen year at The Ohio State University in a few weeks. This book is required reading for all new students at all of their campuses. In September Will Allen is scheduled to give a presentation on the main campus that will be broadcast to the satellite as well. My daughter and I decided that we read this book too and I’m glad we did. I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in the health of our country both physically and mentally.

not indifferent

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 9, 2012
By warren laroche
I thought I was going to learn about new ways to eat. Ellie Wiesel says the opposite of love is indifference. Will Allen is anything but indifferent. I’m sometimes in tears reading about how hard he and his family works to have his millions of employees, his worms, convert food waste into affordable nutrition for “his people”. We don’t share the same skin tone but I think of him as a brother.

Arrived on time

One person found this helpful.
 on March 31, 2015
By xnosx04
I had to buy this book for a class in college and I do not regret it. Some of my ancestors were and still are small scale farmers. This book will broaden your perspective on food and how disenfranchised we have become with it. It also gives you a great deal of information on Will Allen’s life and how he got to where he is today. I would recommend this to anyone interested in gardening and or farming.

The Good Food Revolution

One person found this helpful.
 on October 21, 2012
By Mary Volmer
History gives us the stories of influential people who sacrificed all to the better good. I feel like I’ve witnessed the growth of another icon to add to that list, Will Allen. Allen, the son of sharecroppers, embraced his inner farmer and revitalized a community while teaching us what Urban Farming is all about. His story isn’t glam; it’s about real life as a child of the 60’s, his struggles as a pro basketball player, traveling saleman and a man with a dream. It’s the story of the people he met along the way that believed in him and he in them. The inspiration that Allen provides is thought-provoking and heartfelt; he writes, “Every moment and every event of a man’s life plants something in his soul.” Allen’s soul is big, not just in the size of the man, but big in the amount of passion that he brings to his life and those who have had the opportunity to meet him and be a part of his dream. He reminds us that “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.” Keep faith in the harvest . . . Allen walked the talk and earned the prestigious MacArthur Genious Award by his eternal faith in the harvest. He continues to inspire others to believe in their dreams and look to the harvest in the pages of this book and the mission of Growing Power.

The Good Food Revolution is interesting, informative and inspiring.

 on September 29, 2014
By Peter G.
I knew Will Allen only by reputation. He was the dominant high school basketball player from the DC area, which had many nationally-ranked basketball stars. Sadly, many young stars never mature past their “glory years”. Clearly, Will had the strength of character and the proper influences to avoid this trap.

More compost, more veggies, less health issues

 on September 15, 2016
By B. Austone
The problem with the book is that there is less about Farming and More about the woes and trials of Will Allen. I felt that I wanted to know more about the farming aspect rather than his various cancers. As a bi-racial family and his adventure to The Netherlands, it would have been more fascinating to hear about the agricultural experience that he saw in contrast the U.S. It would have benefitted from some heavy-duty editing and more direction. THAT is what a good editor does.