Will Allen, Growing Power: June 24th @7:00 pm

Will Allen, Growing Power, and the Chicago Avenue Urban Farm
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m.

Original article posted at: http://chicagopublicradio.org/Event_Detail.aspx?eventID=2038

Fourth Presbyterian Church invites you to hear Will Allen, nationally recognized founder of Growing Power, leader in the development of urban agriculture, and winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, talk about the importance of sustainable local food production. Growing Power helped Fourth Church establish the Chicago Avenue Community Garden and in 2010, that site is expanding to become an Urban Farm with year-round food production.

The goals of the Urban Farm reflect priorities for Growing Power’s efforts nationwide:
• Provide locally grown and affordable produce in urban neighborhoods that otherwise have inadequate sources of fresh foods
• Offer job training for high school youth, teaching life-enriching skills and preparing youth for the work force
• Foster community economic development with microenterprises in the neighborhood

Will Allen will also highlight the successes he and Growing Power have experienced by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, and outreach and technical assistance through the development of community food systems that help people grow, process, market, and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

This event is taking place as part of the Michigan Avenue Forums at Fourth Presbyterian Church which aims to promote civic formation within the Chicagoland community by presenting a series of events that feature important thinkers and public leaders in live lecture or debate format, discussing current issues of civic and ethical priority. There is some opportunity for audience participation through a structured question and answer session.

Venue

Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Presenter

Fourth Presbyterian Church
312.787.4570

Tickets

FREE

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