are very pleased to welcome Judy Wicks to our annual lecture series.She is clearly one of the visionary leaders
in our country who is connecting healthy, sustainable farms and farmers to all
of us in the human family who depend upon them for our "daily bread." Judy is a great example of what can be
accomplished when resolve, determination, and commitment become engaged with a
vision for a better food system. Her
experience as a single parent creating a sustainable means of support for
herself and family through the reality of the White Dog Café is a story which
commands our attention and respect. When
we combine her experience as the founder of the White Dog Café with her
leadership in creating a viable decentralized community-based, healthy food
system for the Philadelphia metropolitan area, we witness
a dramatic story of change that serves as exemplary guidance for our region as
On September 16 CEFS is hosting "Local Living Economies:
Green, Fair, & Fun" Lecture at the NC Museum of History in downtown
Raleigh beginning at 7:00 pm. Our lecture is open to the public and
seating is limited. Reserved seating is available to Friends of CEFS by
calling 919-513-3924 or through email@example.com.
Guest speaker Judy
Wicks, a national leader in the local, living economies movement, will
offer CEFS' 2008 Sustainable Agriculture Lecture. Proponents of the
growing local, living economies movement embrace the idea of the
"triple bottom line," the concept that local businesses can
simultaneously be profitable and foster social and environmental
consciousness. Judy's lecture furthers CEFS' ambition to "continue the
conversation we initiated in 2007 with Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow
Food International," explains CEFS Director Nancy Creamer. "We are
determined to foster local and sustainable food systems that will
strengthen and support North Carolina's communities and farmers. Carlo
gave us the inspiration and courage; Judy will give us the experience."
Presenting Sponsor for our lecture is Burt's Bees. Proceeds from the event will benefit CEFS Intern and Apprentice Programs, both of which are dedicated to the cultivation of new and aspiring farmers. "Burt's Bees is delighted to again partner with CEFS to help raise the awareness about the importance and benefits of sustainable food-production systems and the need to support local, independent farmers," said Burt's Bees Director of Sustainability Yola Carlough. Burt's Bees is the leader in natural personal care with earth-friendly products and practices that work to promote the health and well-being of consumers, the environment and our communities as part of a commitment to The Greater Good.
Reception Sponsor: Compass Group
Partner Compass Group, a leader in the foodservice industry with ground breaking policies that include championing local farmers and sustainability in the supply chair, is sponsoring a private reception also benefiting our Intern and Apprentice programs and attended by Ms. Wicks prior to the lecture (5:30 pm). Cheryl Queen, Vice President of Corporate Communications in Charlotte says, "Compass Group is delighted to be able to partner with CEFS for a second year to bring world-class speakers on sustainability to the North Carolina stage. We think where our food comes from and how it is grown are issues that affect all of us, and we're proud to support CEFS commitment to sustainable farming practices and local communities. Where our food comes from and how it is grown are issues that affect all of us. In bringing another world-class speaker on sustainability to the North Carolina stage, CEFS is again proving its commitment to its mission-a mission we strongly support."
Judy Wicks Continued
White Dog Cafe & Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Wicks founded Philadelphia's famed White Dog Café in
1983. The Cafe sources all produce in season from local, organic farms.
All meat and poultry is humanely raised, and fish and seafood are
sourced from sustainable fisheries. When purchasing imported products
(coffee), the Café adheres to the principles of fair trade. One hundred
percent of electricity is purchased from wind power sources, the first
business in Pennsylvania to do so. Twenty percent of the Café's profits
are contributed to other non-profits and every employee earns a living
wage, health insurance, paid holidays and vacations and a matched
In 2001, Wicks co-founded the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) to "catalyze, strengthen, and connect networks of locally owned independent businesses that are green and fair." BALLE supports more than 55 active networks across the United States and Canada. All networks work to ensure that economic power resides locally, sustaining healthy community life and natural life, as well as long-term economic viability.
Wicks' has won numerous awards, including the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year in 2005. Other accolades include Oprah Magazine's "5 Amazingly Gifted and Giving Food Professionals," and Inc. Magazine's 25 favorite entrepreneurs. Judy co-authored The White Dog Cafe Cookbook: Multicultural Recipes and Tales of Adventure from Philadelphia's Revolutionary Restaurant, and is currently working on a book about her business and the local living economy movement. For a detailed biography, visit www.whitedog.com/judybio.
CEFS is grateful to have the support of our key lecture sponsors Burt's Bees and Compass Group to bring an important message to our state.
Mission & History of CEFS
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes food
and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local
communities, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and
North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T
State University established the Center for
Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) with the
North Carolina Department of Agriculture at the
Cherry Farm facility near Goldsboro, NC in 1994.
These partners work closely with state and federal
agencies, non-governmental organizations (for
example, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association,
Rural Advancement Foundation International,
Farm Bureau), farmers, and citizens to provide
agricultural research, extension, and education for
our state. The development of CEFS is a national
model for partnership, innovation, and
CEFS is excited to announce a new store on the Cafe' Press website. Items include: short- and long-sleeved t-shirts (youth & adult sizes), baby one-sees and bibs, messenger bags & tote bags, aprons, coffee mugs and much more! Please visit our store and help support CEFS!
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