September 2008
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Judy Wicks: "Local Living Economies: Green, Fair & Fun"
Presenting Sponsor: Burt's Bees
Reception Sponsor: Compass Group
Judy Wicks Continued
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Dear Friends of CEFS,

We 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 well.



 Baki Karacay

Simon Rich, Chair
CEFS Board of Advisors

2008 Sustainable Agriculture Lecturer
 Judy Wicks

"Local Living Economies: Green, Fair & Fun"

Judy Wicks Come, join us! 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

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."

For more information see 'Judy Wicks Continued' below

 Presenting Sponsor: Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees Logo 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

Compass 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."
cont 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 retirement fund.

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

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.
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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 beyond.

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 interdisciplinary cooperation.

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