Emerging Leaders Program – SWARM

WFI’s Emerging Leaders Program

emergence – the belief that bringing the right people together empowers them to organize and act

SWARM in Virginia, March 2010, Will Allen Workshop

sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems  (for info, contact tes_thraves@ncsu.edu)

  • participate in field trips & workshops learning 1.) hands-on growing skills, 2.) food system knowledge and speak, and 3.) leadership and entrepreneurial skills
  • volunteer on community based projects helping our community grow and know good food

Events in 2010:

SWARM workday at Travis Uzzell's Urban Farm, Goldsboro, NC

monthly workdays at the urban farm, plus
Feb 6&7 – Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit, Chapel Hill
Mar 5-7th – Will Allen Workshop in VA
April – Public Service Announcement workshops with public television station
May – Weekend Food and Organizing Training
July – national Rooted in Community conference


three 8-week summer paid internships at urban farm in Goldsboro, details TBA


example 2009 Events:

Field Trip: Durham, Everybody Eats,  Sat, March 7th, 10am-2:30pm, leave from Dillard Academy (growing skill share and volunteer work)

SWARM and Will Allen at Lynchburg Grows, March 2010

Workshop: Food Justice 101, Sat, March 21st, 10am-2:30pm, WCPL Goldsboro (food system knowledge, leadership development)  —visiting presenters: Tahz Walker, Justin Robinson, DIG SEEDs youth from Durham, and Garden @ Garden youth

Workshop: Food Works 101, Sat, May 16th, 10am-5:30pm, followed by community potluck and music!  Community Crisis Center (how to start a business intro, building a garden, cooking for others)  —visiting presenters: John Parker from Good Works, Chris Rumbley from Bountiful Backyards, Rob Jones from Crop Mob, Vimala Rajendran from “Vimala Cooks, Everybody Eats”, and musicians tba

3 thoughts on “Emerging Leaders Program – SWARM

  1. Jamar Barnes says:

    I would like to be connected to this program.

    • tes thraves says:

      Hey Jamar,
      just fill out the ELP form, linked at the top of the page on the side \bar. Will look forwa

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