Are you looking for a new book to read? You can join the MCC-Longview community and read Will Allen’s “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities” along with MCC faculty, staff, students and community members .
A committee of MCC-Longview faculty chose the book for this year’s campus and community-wide read. The book discusses how despite financial challenges and daunting odds, the author, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from Milwaukee’s neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that 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.
Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., a not-for-profit center for urban agriculture training and building community food security systems. He has been awarded the John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and named a McArthur Fellow – only the second farmer ever to be so honored; he is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative; Mr. Allen is one of four national spokesmen who stood on the dais with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to launch her “Let’s Move!” initiative; he has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday; and in May 2010, Time magazine named him as one of 100 World’s Most Influential People.
You will have the opportunity to hear from the author on April 19, He will speak at Spring Convocation taking place at the Pavillion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murry Road, Lee’s Summit Missouri 64081 at 6 p.m. and there will be a book signing after the event.
If you want to buy the book to read, the MCC-Longview bookstore and the Lee’s Summit branch of Mid-Continent Library ordered extra copies.
The event is part of the 2nd annual Spring Homecoming that MCC – Longview will host this year during the week of April 16th. The purpose of this event is to bring together students, community members, alumni and retirees for a week of activities that remembers the past as well as celebrates the future. The week will begin with the 10th annual Flights of Fancy Mega Kite Festival and will also include a student performance, alumni and retiree receptions, a baseball game, family day as well as Convocation featuring Allen.
Sponsorships and partners include Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Saint Luke’s East Hospital, John Knox Village, Mid-Continent Library and Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmer’s Market.
More information is available at mcckc.edu/lv-homecoming.