“Never say never” is a phrase that Will Allen freely uses to describe his life. A sort of prodigal son, Allen left his farming roots behind after highschool to become the first African-American basketball player at the University of Miami. While on a professional team in Belgium, he took a morning to help plant potatoes on a teammate’s farm.
“Once I touched the soil, something really came alive, I really wanted to start growing food again,” he says. “I must have had some hidden passion.”
Since then, Allen has taken that passion and turned it into a lifestyle. He is currently the director of urban farming project “Growing Power” west of Milwaukee, and he discusses with Brooke Baldwin the dire state of the nation’s eating habits and his hopes for a national return to healthy, homegrown food.
He cites statistics from HBO’s “Weight of the Nation” 4-part documentary, the first two segments of which aired last night. “We’re in a situation now where obesity is at an all-time high,” he explains.
In his new book, he details his so-called “Good Food Revolution” – a farming movement, he says, which has indeed reached the revolution stage and is something he fervently hopes to pass on to later generations.