Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin; Illustrated by Eric-Schabazz Larkin
Readers to Eaters. 2013
Grades 1 - 4
I borrowed this book from my local public library.
In this picture book biography, Martin writes about a remarkable man, Will Allen, who has dedicated much of his life to bringing good food to everyone, especially those who live in the cities. As a young boy growing up,
“bowls of peas, greens, and his favorite – lima beans with ham – covered the kitchen table.
"My mother often fixed enough food for thirty,” Will says. “We never had a car or TV, but we always had good food.”"
For Will, good food equaled good times.
One day, after playing professional basketball in Belgium and then while working a white-collar job in Wisconsin Will grew vegetables on land owned by his wife's family. But Will wanted his own farm. How could someone farm in the middle of a city? Will Allen found a way. He purchased six empty greenhouses that stood on a plot of land “the size of a large supermarket.”
urban farming. In her author’s note, Martin states, “Allen has shown that urban farms can be the source of good jobs for underemployed urban residents.”
Click here to watch a movie about Will Allen and Growing Power.