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Culinate Newsletter August 22

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 
 I hope you'll have a chance to read [/articles/theculinateinterview/willallen "Ellen Kanner's interview with Will Allen,"] recently published on Culinate. I, like so many others, am inspired by Allen's actions — his dynamic urban farm in Milwaukee sounds incredible — but in this case his words moved me: 

  "Even though we were very poor, cash-poor, I was fortunate. Learning to take care of yourself and feed yourself is such a powerful thing. Worldwide, we took that for granted, and now we’re paying the price."

 I recall once not too long ago announcing to a classroom full of parents that I hoped by the time my kids graduated high school they'd "be able to feed themselves." Perhaps I should explain that the school official running the meeting had asked what we hoped for our kids by the time they reached 12th grade. Most people had laudable goals for their children like getting into a good college or being able to do calculus or speak a second language. 

 My wish was both simpler and more complicated, and many of my friends, other parents, looked at me a little sideways when I said it. But I meant it, and I still do. And I hope it for your children, too — that by the time they venture out into the world they'll understand how to feed themselves and not trust that others (especially large corporations) have their best interests at heart. 

 Will Allen is working to give others, children and adults alike, basic familiarity with growing food — and that seemingly simple effort has had wide-ranging effects, on those in his immediate neighborhood and beyond. Check out his organization, Growing Power.

 Kim Carlson
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