Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. and 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellow ‘Genius Grant’ Awardee will deliver the 2009 CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Lecture on November 9, 2009.
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.
On November 9, Allen will speak at three events:
- 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Urban Community Lecture “Big Change in Small Spaces:Growing Food Security, Food Justice & Future Leaders” at the Wayne School of Engineering, Goldsboro High School (auditorium), 901 E. Beech St., Goldsboro, NC 27530
- 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Sustainable Agriculture Lecture Reception (invitation event)
- 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Sustainable Agriculture Lecture “Steps to Successful Urban Farming” at the McKimmon Center, 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 receive free reserved seating, please visit the Friends of CEFS Web page.