Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table Hardcover – September 10, 2013
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Author), Eric-Shabazz Larkin (Illustrator), Will Allen (Afterword)
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 in Milwaukee 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 for his innovative urban farming methods, which include aquaponics and hydroponics.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott Medal winner, Snowflake Bentley, and Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious , along with debut artist Eric-Shabazz Larkin's striking artwork, tells the inspiring story of the African American innovator, educator, and community builder.
Farmer Will Allen was named a 2014 American Library Association Notable Children's Book, School Library Journal's "Best Non-Fiction Book," and Booklist's "Top Sustainability Title." In 2015, the book was selected by Points of Light Foundation to set a new Guinness World Record for the most children reading the same book across the globe.