NOV 9th – Will Allen coming to NC, Raleigh & Goldsboro!

WILL ALLEN, Founder & CEO of Growing Power, Inc. & MacArthur Foundation genius award winner

Monday, Nov. 9th, 2009

Goldsboro: 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

This event is free and open to the public.

Raleigh: 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.

Raleigh: 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 Friend of CEFS please visit the Friends of CEFS Web page at

In 1995, while assisting neighborhood children with a gardening project, Allen began developing the farming methods and educational programs that are now the hallmark of the non-profit organization Growing Power. Guiding all is his efforts is the recognition that the unhealthy diets of low-income, urban populations, and such related health problems as obesity and diabetes, largely are attributable to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.

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” (

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.


About tessa eliza thraves

a local food and sustainable energy freak, working for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems on community and youth Food System projects across the state.

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