Discuss With Us
Many of us garden or grow food or flowers. Tell us about your gardening or growing experiences. You could tell us about your experiences in school or at home. What did you like to grow the most? What gardening techniques did you use that seemed to be the most productive? Did you use any innovative gardening techniques? Post a photo of your garden or of a garden that you like. Hofstra has beautiful grounds and is part of an arboretum that inspires all of us on campus. How do gardens or nature inspire you? If you have experience with farming, tell us about how your farm experiences differ from Will Allen's farm in Milwaukee.
Usually ethics of food are discussed in terms of dietary content—what should I or we eat or not eat? Allen's book places the process of food cultivation--how we grow, harvest, and distribute--front and center: can you think of ways that the two issues of consumption and production might be related from a moral viewpoint?
In the The Good Food Revolution, Will Allen writes that W.E.B DuBois' ideas “won”. Allen seems to say that as a group (African Americans) and as a society (the U.S.) we have decided that education and professional advancement is important. This idea is what DuBois supported, while Booker T. Washington supported practical approaches--learning and continuing to work the land for food and sustenance. But currently our education priorities seem at odds with the ability to feed ourselves in a healthy way that also sustains the earth. Does this seem true across the board? Do you have examples of another experience? Were you taught about DuBois and Washington? Did one idea win out over the other?