Urban Farming and Food Justice Pioneer Will Allen in DC

Will Allen, the guru of urban farming and pioneer of food justice, will be in the Washington DC area for two days to promote and proliferate urban agriculture for healthier and more sustainable communities in our region.

Who is Will Allen?  He is the father of the food justice movement, recipient of the 2008 MacArthur Genius Award for his pioneering work with urban farming, and was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.  Will Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power, a leading urban farm organization in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Madison.

Come to Sowing Seeds Here and Now! A Chesapeake Urban Farming Summit on June 18th at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center for a day long summit that will bring national and local leaders to proliferate urban agriculture in our region.  Will Allen will be giving the keynote speech, and sessions include practical policies and zoning considerations to promote urban agriculture, food justice and equity in our food system, and engaging youth in food production for healthier communities.  Hands on workshops include urban farm design, community composting, and high tunnel construction.  More information and tickets are at sowingseedshereandnow.com .

In connection with the Sowing Seeds Here and Now summit, we will also be hosting an event at Busboys and Poets (14th and V Street NW) on Thursday, June 17th from 6-8pm featuring the summit keynote speaker, Will Allen of Growing Power. This is a unique opportunity to convene in an intimate setting with Will Allen, who will be speaking on solutions to food inequities and public health epidemics in the Washington, DC region. The evening will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Busboys and Poets, and by Restaurant Nora, DC’s premier organic restaurant.  Tickets are on sale now at *sowingseedshereandnow.com * for $25. All proceeds benefit urban farming projects in the Washington, DC region. Join us for a night of insightful urban agriculture discussion and leave inspired to make a change.

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