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Celebrity Urban Farmer Will Allen Scheduled for FAMU Ag-Workshop

By: FAMU Press Release
By: FAMU Press Release
Will Allen, Macarthur Fellow (2008) and founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., will visit Florida A&M University (FAMU) on March 6 from noon to 6:30 p.m. as the featured speaker at the 2011 "Thriving Beyond Sustainability Workshop."

Portrait of Will Allen of Growing Power, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, Milwaukee. (Wide World Photos/Darren Hauck)

Tallahassee, FL - Will Allen, Macarthur Fellow (2008) and founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., will visit Florida A&M University (FAMU) on March 6 from noon to 6:30 p.m. as the featured speaker at the 2011 "Thriving Beyond Sustainability Workshop." The workshop will be held at the FAMU Center of Viticulture and Small Fruit located at 6505 East Mahan Drive (Hwy. 90) in Tallahassee.

"This workshop will be a rewarding experience for university students, agricultural educators, urban farmers, community gardeners and rural farmers who are interested in impacting their local farm and changing their local food community," said Jennifer Taylor, coordinator for the Statewide Small Farm Program for FAMU's Cooperative Extension Program.

Project Food and Sowing Seeds Sewing Comfort Ministry are working together to provide this unique opportunity for the community to come out and learn firsthand from the expertise of Allen who is an internationally renowned innovative, small urban farmer.

Recognized as a preeminent thinker in sustainable agriculture, Allen is considered a leading authority in the rapidly growing field of urban farming. He was recognized among TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Providing leadership for food projects around the world, Allen promotes the ideology that all people should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Growing up as the son of a sharecropper, Allen learned the value and benefits of agriculture. He is a former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader who enjoys the field of farming as the CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee Wis., where he provides training for community farmers to secure a source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.

During the 2011 Thriving Beyond Sustainability Workshop, Allen will provide information about the highly successful urban agricultural project, "Growing Power, Inc." as well as lead discussions about equal access to sustainably produced food, urban and rural community farming strategies, community marketing, aquaponics and alternative energy. The schedule of activities also includes a hands-on compost and vermiculture demonstration.

Registration is required to attend the workshop. Early registration of $60 per person and $40 for students is ongoing until March 3. Following this date, the registration fee will be $60 per person.

The FAMU Statewide Small Farm Programs, local small farmers, and a coalition of sustainable food advocates including Tallahassee Sustainability Group, Man in Overalls with Tallahassee Food Gardens, Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council, Damayan Garden Project, Project Food and Sowing Seeds Sewing Comfort Ministry are the sponsors of this workshop. Their efforts are to engage the Big Bend community in the diverse aspects of agriculture.

For more details about the workshop, contact Taylor at jennifer.taylor@famu.edu or famu.register@gmail.com. More information about Growing Power and Will Allen can be found at http://growingpower.org


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