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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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The story of Will Allen is a great way for children to understand about growing fruits and vegetable in the city. The book explains about composting and growing food in small spaces.
  eburger | Aug 7, 2017 |
This book tells the true story of Will Allen, a former professional basketball player who started a community garden and became an "urban farmer" in the city of Milwaukee. The book introduces the concepts of community gardens and composting with worms, while also telling the story of how Will brought fresh fruit and vegetables to his urban community and taught the people of the city to be farmers. He continued to teach people about urban farming and traveled all over the world to spread his message, and the author even includes a note from Will about urban farming and becoming a future farmer. The book conveys a great message about the importance of community and also introduces important information about the processes that goes into growing your own food. The illustrations also convey this theme of community and support, but also show diversity in all of the individuals that come together to learn from Will and build this urban farming community. In my biology II class, my students grew their own fruits and vegetables and planted them in the local community garden. Next year, I would really like to introduce my students to Will Allen's story at the beginning unit in order to get my students excited about working in the community garden and urban farming. ( )
  ssmithers | May 7, 2017 |
This book is about the life of Will Allen, a basketball player who became a farmer on a city lot. He wanted to make good healthy food available to those who lived in the city. He had a vision--and he could see possibilities where others could not. Where there was a run down empty lot, he envisioned rich soil, growing enough food to feed a neighborhood. He persevered until he made it happen--and then he shared his knowledge all over the world. This book is about a change-maker who made a difference in the lives of others. It is a great resource for community service in the school. It includes a list gardening resources at the end. ( )
  RLeiphart | Feb 4, 2017 |
This book teaches readers about Farmer Will, the founder of Growing Power farm in Milwaukee, WI. The book explains how Will comes to his passion for growing food and promoting "good food for everyone." It also describes the challenges Will faced in setting up the farm and its great success, and then encourages readers to become farmers themselves. This book teaches about a real world example of someone making positive change for the people around them and it is an empowering example of community and resource building and sharing. ( )
  madelire | Dec 4, 2016 |
Non-fiction book about Will Allen, a man living in the city, who saw a vision of a farm to feed people good food. He ended up with a successful farm in Milwaukee, but then also influenced around the U.S. and worldwide. ( )
  ebecker13 | Sep 12, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0983661537, Hardcover)

Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage, or a basketball, in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can't see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. No space, no problem. Poor soil, there's a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one. Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott winner, Snowflake Bentley, tells the inspiring story of an innovator, educator, and community builder. Combined with artist Eric Larkin's striking artwork, readers will share Will Allen’s optimism and determination to bring good food to every 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.

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