Farmer Will Allen and the Growing TableBook - 2013 | First edition
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multcolib_kids Apr 25, 2013
This picture book follows Will Allen, who left professional basketball to become an urban farmer in Milwaukee. Allen now oversees an operation that aims to educate and encourage people around the world to grow their own food.
A former pro basketball player uses his love of digging in the dirt to transform city lots for growing vegetables and raising animals, and to teach urban communities to farm..
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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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