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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

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The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.
Authors: Martin, Jacqueline Briggs
Statement of Responsibility: written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin ; afterword by Will Allen
Title: Farmer Will Allen and the growing table
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Summary: The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.
Subject Headings: Allen, Will, 1949- Juvenile literature Urban agriculture Juvenile literature Vegetable gardening Juvenile literature Allen, Will, 1949- Urban agriculture Vegetable gardening
Topical Term: Urban agriculture
Vegetable gardening
Urban agriculture
Vegetable gardening
Additional Contributors: Larkin, Eric-Shabazz
Allen, Will 1949-
LCCN: 2013937817
ISBN: 0983661537
9780983661535
Branch Call Number: J 635 M
Research Call Number: JFF 14-254
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Comment by: BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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No space? No problem. Poor soil? We’ll find a solution. A persevering former basketball star decides to turn an empty lot into a garden and doesn’t stop there.

List - Everyday is Earth Day by: nypl_selection Apr 22, 2014

The true story of Farmer Will Allen - former professional basketball player turned green advocate and urban farmer.

No space? No problem. Poor soil? We’ll find a solution. A persevering former basketball star decides to turn an empty lot into a garden and doesn’t stop there.


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Aug 11, 2014
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A young person's biography of the McArthur Fellowship Grant recipient who is (from Milwaukee!) revolutionizing the new business of urban gardening while -- one child at a time -- bending the world toward justice. "Will Allen believed everyone everywhere had a right to good food." Ms. Martin then presents Will's story as a series of problems that need to be solved, "But HOW could Will farm in the middle of pavement and parking lots?" or "The problem was Will's soil -- 'dirty' with chemicals and pollution. He had no money for machines to dig out the bad soil or for truckloads of good soil. What to do?"
A great introduction to the sea change now going on in food sustainability. You can read Will Allen's adult autobiography if you want more info or better yet, let's tour his Growing Power facility together in Milwaukee!

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No space? No problem. Poor soil? We’ll find a solution. A persevering former basketball star decides to turn an empty lot into a garden and doesn’t stop there.

Oct 05, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Part biography, part paean to urban gardens and gardeners everywhere. The book is a beautiful tribute not just to its hero Will Allen but also to the right of every child to have access to good, healthy, cheap food. The ultimate picture book about muncha muncha muncha.

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Oct 05, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 05, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Will Allen was a basketball player. At first anyway. Though he grew up in a family that grew most of its own food, he wasn’t a fan of the work. As soon as he could he left those Maryland fields for college and became a professional basketball player in Belgium. While over there a friend asked for some help digging potatoes and the next thing Will knew he was hooked. After moving back to the States he adopted six empty, abandoned greenhouses in Milwaukee. What followed was years of trial and error as Will worked to turn his lots into working gardens. With the help of the community (and more than a few red wigglers) Will didn’t just get those greenhouses working, but city garden plots around the country too. Now he speaks everywhere from Kenya to London, teaching people how to grow food for themselves. The good news? Will Allen sees things other people can’t. And “when he sees kids, he sees farmers”.

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