December 2nd, 2008

Coffee Squirrel

Will Allen

I could go on for days about Will Allen. Instead, I'll let his work speak for itself and have y'all check out the links below. One of the most fundamental things I think he embodies is BOTH working together and self sufficience.

His ideas on how to provide for the inner city (and elsewhere) are simple and brilliant. And they don't involve funneling money to outside corporations that have no interest in or actively participate in those factors holding inner city folk back. I really, really wish I had the resources to 'seed' his ideas and agricultural tools in every urban enclave. I HATE the notion that we don't =care= enough to eat well. Those in the city don't have direct access unless there are markets. And those farmers' markets certainly aren't on MLK.

I'm SO fascinated by the intersectionality of how we live/where we live/who we are. Feel free to pass the links on if you know of a school wanting to take on a 'pet project' or if you are a teacher who wants to find a real-world project to excite your students.


http://www.jgpress.com/archives/_free/001765.html
http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/9/23/9112/49427
http://www.growingpower.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Allen_(basketball)