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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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
Title: Farmer Will Allen and the growing table
Publisher: Bellevue, Washington :, Readers To Eaters,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations ;,29 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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.
Local Note: 6 15 35 53 61 64 118 133 143 198 228 264 268
Additional Contributors: Allen, Will - 1949-
Larkin, Eric-Shabazz
ISBN: 0983661537
Statement of Responsibility: written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin ; afterword by Will Allen
Copyright Date: ♭2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: Vegetable gardening Juvenile literature. Urban agriculture Juvenile literature. Allen, Will, 1949- Juvenile literature.
Genre/Form: Picture books for children.
Topical Term: Vegetable gardening
Urban agriculture
LCCN: 2013937817
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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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