Why Will Allen is positive about 2011


Will Allen checks out Windermere high school's garden during his Vancouver visit in Jan. 2011

• More young people want to be farmers, and want to lend their talents to the mission of building a better food system

• More schools are willing to participate in Farm-to-School programs, and to expose kids to local, fresh produce

• More corporations want to open farmers’ markets for their employees, or recycle their kitchen scraps for compost, or donate money to help build our grassroots movement

• More people of color want to enter agriculture, and no longer associate the practice with the painful legacy of slavery and sharecropping

• More people in the medical field see fresh, local food as an integral part of the healing process and of good health

— Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power in Milwaukee, writing in his annual newsletter. Note the reference to his visit to SFU’s Centre for Dialogue.


About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to crosscut.com, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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