Hey all my awesome BlueNC and other foodie friends! I haven't been around much lately, but I know you all care about safe food, local farms and building safe, local food networks soooo... I thought you'd want to know about this speaker who's coming to Raleigh soon.
[You've been praying for news that didn't involve anyone named Mike or Easley anyway, I know.]
On November 9th, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and Burt's Bees are hosting 2008 MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner, Will Allen. Allen is Founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI.
If you've seen the documentary FRESH, you know who Will Allen is.
If you haven't seen that movie yet ... Allen is probably the most well-known and respected expert on community gardens and urban sustainable farming in the country.
In the world of urban "food deserts" (areas with limited access to fresh, affordable foods), convenience stores, fast-food chains and liquor stores reign supreme. The two-acre Growing Power farm in downtown Milwaukee is truly an oasis.
In the early 1990s, Allen envisioned a farm using low-input, sustainable practices and staffed by area teens who needed a place to work. Through the years, this community partnership has grown to include the young, the elderly, farmers, producers and other professionals ranging from USDA personnel to urban planners.
Today, Growing Power raises 159 varieties of food, including fruits, vegetables, animal forages, goats, ducks, bees, turkeys and - in an aquaponic system designed and built by Allen - tilapia and Great Lakes perch.
There are two opportunities on November 9th to hear Will Allen speak. From CEFS email ...
Urban Community Lecture
"Big Change in Small Spaces: Growing Food Security, Food Justice and Future Leaders"
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon Wayne School of Engineering at Goldsboro High School (auditorium), 700 N.Herman St., Goldsboro, NC 27530
Sustainable Agriculture Lecture
"Steps to Successful Urban Farming"
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. McKimmon Center, NCSU, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27695
This event is free and open to the public, but open seating will be limited. Reserved seating is available to all Friends of CEFS members. To learn how to become a part of Friends of CEFS, please visit us at http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/friends.htm.
I'll be driving from Clayton to Goldsboro for the morning lecture session. It's the day after the OBX half marathon so I was taking the day off anyway. Isn't serendipity a beautiful thing?
If you or anyone you know is interested in community gardens, sustainable ag, urban farms, aquaculture, plain old regular backyard gardening (or growing fishing worms, even!!) this is someone they want to hear speak, even if they've never heard of him.
Pass it on. d:^>