The Ohio State University at Newark

Fifth Annual Community Book Club hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark

September 10, 2015 - Newark, OH - Members of the community are invited to participate in the fifth annual Community Book Club, hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark and made possible through the generosity of Russell G. and Melissa Warner Bow. The endowed fund supports the purchase of a set amount of books as well as an annual reception.

Club members will meet to discuss the book, The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center. Dr. Nancy Yan, lecturer in the academic area of English, will facilitate the discussion. The Good Food Revolution is also the book being read by new students in Ohio State Newark’s FYE (First Year Experience) program, making this a shared-book experience, community-wide.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot just outside Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of locals. Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm, now a food and educational center that produces enough fresh produce and fish year-round to feed thousands.

Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how 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.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

Complimentary copies of the book will be available to the first 50 participants. Individuals should contact the Development Office to reserve a book as well as their place in the discussion. For more information, to sign up, or to reserve a copy of the book, contact Laura Walsh at 740.364.9514 or email

Mr. Allen will be speaking at The Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium on September, 21, 2015.

The general public can register at: