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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Book - 2013 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: Bellevue, Washington : Readers To Eaters, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780983661535
Call Number: j 630.92 A432m 2013
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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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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DBRL_ChrissJ Sep 04, 2020

Like Will I remember the long summers of pulling weeds and snapping beans every single year. However there's nothing like a homegrown tomato or zucchini that you grew yourself. I love that he's able to share that love and knowledge with kids in his community who may not have otherwise had the opportunity.

m2 Aug 11, 2014

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!

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
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.


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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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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