In the United States, the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. The well-organized among us have switched out double-pane windows and planted veggies we can cook on the grill wheeled to the patio for the first "eat & greet" of the season. Good weather, good food, and good conversation mean you've hit the summer trifecta.
If the news feed on my Facebook and Twitter accounts can predict future trends (they do), then Will Allen's book, The Good Food Revolution, will be a hot topic of conversation in "foodie" backyards this summer. The same should be true for gatherings of public health practitioners working on chronic disease prevention.
Mr. Allen, a son of sharecroppers and a 2008 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, is a former KFC exec turned urban farmer. He may be the first authentic African American spokesperson for growing and buying local produce. While Michelle Obama seeks photo opps, Will Allen works the farm on a regular basis. The Good Food Revolution documents the development of an urban farm a few blocks away from a Milwaukee public housing project. His organization, Growing Power is considered the nation's leading urban farm operation. Growing Power has employed at risk-youth; bridged the gap between race, ethnicity, and class; and advanced community health improvement practice.
No time to read the book? Take a look at a video of Will Allen's effort to increase access to healthy food in low income communities across the nation.