When you join over 7,000 new Buckeyes in the Buckeye Book Community (BBC), you're sharing an experience that will connect you to the whole first-year class. It's more than just reading a book this summer. It's a community built around conversations the book will spark in your survey course, in your residence hall and around campus in all sorts of academic and co-curricular settings.
The 2015 BBC selection is The Good Food Revolution, by Will Allen.
About the book
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, now a food and educational center that 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.
How does The Good Food Revolution relate to my first-year experience?
You’ll find many themes and events in the book that relate to your life as a new student at Ohio State. During the next year, you’ll encounter new responsibilities, communities, independence, relationships and obstacles. Will Allen’s story is full of life lessons and stories that will prompt you to reflect on many of these ideas, specifically:
choosing a career path
dealing with setbacks
nutrition and physical health
passion and values
racial inequality and stereotypes
Will Allen is coming to campus!