Posted on August 28, 2015, BY Staff

Urban farmer, community activist and MacArthur "Genius Grant" awardee Will Allen will speak at Bucknell University on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power, an organization that provides communities with access to "healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food" through training, outreach and technical assistance. He had a successful career in sales until the day he noticed a for-sale sign at some abandoned greenhouses in a deteriorating area of Milwaukee. Those greenhouses would become the site of Allen's efforts to bring urban farming, fresh produce and sustainable development to underserved inner-city communities.

In his 2012 book The Good Food Revolution, Allen narrates his life's story, contextualizing urban farming as a movement to address racial inequality and the legacy of slavery in the U.S. For his work, he was named a 2008 MacArthur Fellow.

The Good Food Revolution is the first-year common reading for Bucknell's Class of 2019. The book was a Goodreads Choice finalist for best food book of the year and a 2013 NAACP Image Awards nominee for autobiography/biography. Chef and author Alice Waters said, "Will Allen's remarkable story, told with eloquence and compassion, conveys the universal value of social justice and real food."

Prior to the talk, Allen will meet with students at the Lewisburg Community Garden, a joint project of Bucknell and the Borough of Lewisburg that works to increase community access to fresh, healthy, low-cost food and raise awareness about gardening and food insecurity.

Representatives of the media may meet with Allen at 5 p.m. For more information on the media session, please contact Beth Bouchard, director of new student orientation and leadership programs, at 570-577-3782.

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