Center for Ecological Farming Systems Sustainable Agriculture Lecture Series: Urban Farming, Food Security, Food Justice

2009 Center for Ecological Farming Systems (CEFS) Sustainable Agriculture Lecture: Featuring WILL ALLEN Schedule of Events for Monday, November 9, 2009 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 Reception 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center, NCSU, 1210 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695 As an expression of our gratitude, Friends of CEFS members who have joined at the Guardian Level and higher will receive an invitation (for the member plus one guest) to attend a special reception honoring Will Allen. The Sustainable Agriculture Lecture will be held immediately following the reception (see below for lecture details). The reception will be catered by Zely & Ritz. CEFS is very appreciative of our Reception Sponsor: NC A&T State University Cooperative Extension Service. 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 Friends of CEFS please visit the Friends of CEFS Web page at Press Release CEFS Welcomes Will Allen as 2009 Sustainable Agriculture Lecturer on November 9

Raleigh, October 15, 2009: The Center for Environmental Farming Systems
(CEFS) and Burt’s Bees are pleased to present Will Allen as the 2009
Sustainable Agriculture Lecturer. Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing
Power, Inc., and is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly
known as a “Genius Grant.” He also was recently featured in an appearance
in the movie Fresh.

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.

In 2008, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized
Allen for his work, naming him a 2008 MacArthur Fellow
( and describing him as an urban farmer “transforming
the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved
urban populations through a novel synthesis of low-cost farming
technologies” (“Meet the 2008 Fellows,” The
MacArthur Fellowships are often referred to as “Genius Grants.” Allen was
featured in a July 2009 New York Times Magazine article, “Street Farmer”
( and in a February 2009 YES! Magazine article,
“Growing Power in an Urban Food Desert” (

Don’t miss these two unique conversations. Visit our Friends of CEFS
Membership Benefits Web page at or call (919) 513-3924 for
information on reserved lecture seating or attending a “meet the speaker”
reception prior to the evening lecture.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for these events. Please
contact Nancy Creamer at or (919) 515-9447.
Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust
supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which
they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality,
safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power
implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground
demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance through the development
of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and
distribute food in a sustainable manner.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) was established in
1994 by North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State
University with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer
Services. These partners work closely with state and federal agencies,
non-governmental organizations, farmers and citizens to provide
agricultural research, extension, and education for North Carolina and
beyond. The development of CEFS is a national model for partnership,
innovation, and interdisciplinary cooperation.

CEFS would like to thank Burt’s Bees, our Lead Sponsor for the Will Allen
events.Will Allen visits NC November 9

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