|WILL ALLEN – Growing Power
I need to be inspired. I found that out a long time ago, when I thought just about everything was a drag. One sentence can do the trick; even better is listening to someone who makes you want to jump out of your seat and hit the streets.
Eunyoung and I went to the Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto this past week. For me it was like giving the personal car of my mind a tune-up. Some people say the country needs another stimulus. If you really want stimulus; surround yourself with the likes of Will Allen, Paul Lightfoot and Gary Wozniak.
I am passionate about FOOD: food security, food justice, sustainable and affordable food and local food. But those are just words; at this point they are platitudes. At a conference, like the Urban Ag Summit, you meet the people who walk the talk. They are the 21st century version of Helen and Scott Nerring.
I came home, “put on my running shoes” and began to think about the ways we can expand our Edible Education Program to do more, reach a greater number kids, open our small community to a greater number of individuals and have a larger impact on the little world of Randall’s Island. I think it’s called VISION.