Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I just finished reading Will Allen's book The Good Food Revolution. After watching the movie, Fresh, a few years ago, I was completely fascinated by Will Allen and his urban farm Growing Power in Milwaukee.
Hot tip: Fresh is streaming now on Netflix. Great little movie and not as intense as Food Inc. if you need to ease someone (including yourself) into the truth about our broken food system.
I wanted to learn more about Mr. Allen's operation and how he came to be an urban farmer. This book delivered on all counts. The first third covers his family and their complicated history with farming as sharecroppers and their attempt to leave farming behind. The book then transitions to Mr. Allen's personal history as a basketball player, business man and hobby farmer. The last third covers how he purchased Growing Power and how it grew into the impressive institution it is today. The book was really inspiring and made me want to 1. Purchase an abandoned warehouse in San Antonio and turn it into a giant vertical urban farm and 2. Go to a Growing Power workshop or conference and 3. Buy some more worms. Maybe I will start with number 3 and work backwards. I loved the sections on their aquaponics operation- where they grow bajillions of fresh water fish in tanks that also water and fertilize micro-greens. When I see this grand vision of sustainability it only highlights how unsustainable regular agriculture is. If you want to check out the book too: The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
The next two books on my summer reading list are :
I am so curious about the process of putting a victory garden on the White House Lawn again! But since this book is still in preorder, and won't arrive until June, I might need to start on this book that DHITW has been pressuring me to read:
From what I have heard- it seems pretty intense and possibly depressing. But knowledge is power. And you know- I'm a social worker so intense and depressing is right up my alley.
I am also still working through the recommendations you left in these comments. Yay gardening books 4ever! If you have any new suggestions or reviews on what you are reading/watching/thinking now- I'd love to hear them.