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'The Good Food Revolution' is 2015-16 Common Read

Book discusses the life of the founder of Growing Power Inc.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-27-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato is in its sixth year of a common read program, and Will Allen’s “The Good Food Revolution,” has been chosen as the Common Read for the 2015-16 academic year.

“The Good Food Revolution” discusses the life of Will Allen, a businessman turned farmer who began his journey with a roadside food stand in urban Milwaukee. He has since founded Growing Power Inc., an organization devoted to “developing living systems that are economically feasible for all people to have sustainable protein and vegetables all year round.”

Minnesota State Mankato invites the area community to join University students in reading “The Good Food Revolution” during the summer and fall of 2015. The book is available in a variety of formats (hardcover, paperback, and e-Book) and at various locations, including local libraries and bookstores.

Several events are being planned for the fall, and all are free and open to the public. Event details will be available on the University's common read website.

Community Engagement is especially valued. Discussion groups will be planned for September and October. Area businesses and community organizations are encouraged to read the book together. Area book clubs are invited to choose the book, and a discussion guide will be available online. The book could also be a conversation piece for families whose sons and daughters may be preparing to leave home this summer.

Common Read particularly seeks the involvement of local organizations and businesses that are devoted to initiatives related to healthy foods or hunger awareness. Please contact the Honors Program at 507-389-5191 or for more information, or if you would like to contribute to Common Read events or would like to schedule a discussion to be moderated by Minnesota State Mankato students.

A description of the book is available on Amazon. Learn more about Growing Power Inc. at

Books selected for the Minnesota State Mankato Common Read encourage reflection on coming of age and life transitions while providing fascinating examples of community engagement, service, and citizenship. The Common Read also creates community and conversation with students, families, and the community. All students, faculty, staff, families, and community members are welcome to join in reading the book, participating in discussions, and attending events.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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