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Product Details

  • 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Captivating and Inspirational

One person found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2013
By Brent Billy Curtis
Even if farming and the local food movement aren’t topics that interest you, this book will inspire you. Allen tells the story of his mother and father, former sharecroppers who moved north during the depression and started new lives in Maryland. He continues with his own life story and those of several others who joined him on his journey toward building his organization, Growing Power. The things the people he encounters have gone through, and what they build in response to their circumstances, make a truly compelling and inspirational book.

More than just a book about food

One person found this helpful.
 on November 6, 2012
By Suwayon
This is an excellent, inspirational book. It is as much about living a life well lived as it is about food. Will Allen doesn’t preach about how to live a life with purpose and meaning – he simply DOES it. In doing so he provides an example for the rest of us.

Informative and Inspiring

One person found this helpful.
 on December 6, 2012
By Dixie Aragon
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very informative and almost a “How to”. Mr. Allen details his life, his struggles, his goals and desires as well as all the fantastic people he met who helped him achieve his goals. His idealism and concern for his fellow man shine through and he is very inspirational. I enjoyed hearing about all the different people with whom he crossed paths with, the racism he encountered and how he overcame those many negative circumstances. I was particularly impressed with his desire to achieve his goals in providing food in the rural community and how he always sought to teach the people in his community to become self-sufficient.