September 2009
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2009 Sustainable Agriculture Lecture: Will Allen
Compass Group North America Sponsors "Seasons" Workshops
Upcoming CEFS Supported Workshops
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I'm writing the introductory note as the newly appointed Co-Director of CEFS representing NC A&T State University. The new Kellogg endowments for Community-based Food Systems that CEFS recently received enabled us to strengthen our leadership team. Nancy Creamer is continuing her role as Co-Director of CEFS representing NC State University, and I will join her in those responsibilities as the new Co-Director of CEFS representing NC A&T. The endowment will also facilitate two new assistant director positions (stay tuned for those announcements), which will be very important as our programs and initiatives have expanded across the state.

We have been so busy that we seem to have lagged a bit with our e-newsletter. That is not good. Just as the
three most important things in real estate are "location, location, location," the three most important things in successful teamwork are "communication, communication, communication." We are getting back to our e-newsletter and plan to send it out on a regular basis, several times a year.

This improvement, combined with a reworking of our Web site, should enhance our communication within the universities and the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services team, as well as with all our wonderful stakeholders who are so supportive of CEFS.

In each newsletter, we will highlight some of the great things going on at CEFS, share "case studies" and share information about recent or upcoming events.

So let's have at it!

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Dr. John O'Sullivan
Co-Director of CEFS for NC A&T State University

CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Lecture
November 9, 2009

Will Allen
Founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc.

2008 MacArthur Fellow

Will Allen

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.
For more information on Will Allen, visit:

The MacArthur Foundation Award

The New York Times Article: "Street Farmer"

YES! Magazine: "Growing Power in an Urban Food Desert"

Don't miss these two unique conversations. Visit or call 919-513-3924 for information on reserved lecture seating.

Are you interested in sponsoring these events? Several opportunities are still available. Please visit our sponsorship Web page or call Nancy Creamer at 919-515-9447.


We are fortunate enough to have several events planned around Will's visit on Monday, November 9.

Urban Community Lecture
Big Change in Small Spaces: Growing Food Security, Food Justice and Future Leaders

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location: Wayne School of Engineering at Goldsboro High School (auditorium),
901 E. Beech Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530

This event is free and open to the public.


Sustainable Agriculture Lecture

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

When you join Friends of CEFS at the Guardian Level or higher, you will receive an invitation for you and a guest to attend a special reception honoring Will Allen. The Sustainable Agriculture Lecture will be held immediately following the reception (see below for details).


Sustainable Agriculture Lecture
Steps to Successful Urban Farming

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: McKimmon Center,
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC  27695

This event is free and open to the public, although seating will be limited. Two tickets for reserved seating are available by joining Friends of CEFS at the Scout Level or higher.


Interested in becoming a sponsor of
the Will Allen events?

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for these events. Please contact Nancy Creamer ( or 919-515-9447).

Compass Group North America Sponsors
 2009 CEFS Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series

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RALEIGH, N.C. (August 11, 2009) - Compass Group North America has been named the lead sponsor for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series.

The Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series is one of CEFS' initiatives to promote sustainable, community-based food systems, healthy communities and healthy economies. With a series of education, extension and outreach offered each year, CEFS shares its knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture with producers, agricultural professionals and the general public, enabling all citizens to take part in creating in a vibrant future for agriculture.

The 2009 series began in February and will run through November. Among this year's topics include organic crops, swine production research, blueberry pruning, vermicomposting, egg production in a range setting, community based food systems and food safety.

Cheryl Queen, vice-president of communications for Compass Group, "There has never been a greater interest in locally based food systems than now as people question where their food comes from and the safety and ethics applied in food production. We think the work done by CEFS is critical in raising awareness, providing education based on science-based research, and seeking solutions that benefit farmers, consumers and communities."

To read move please visit our online News.

You can also read more about the Compass Sponsorship in Perspectives: The Magazine of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Upcoming CEFS Supported Workshops

Extension logoTransitioning to Commercial Organic Production
in Western North Carolina

Tuesdays from September 22 to November 17
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
(Once a week for 9 weeks)
Location: Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Office
(94 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC 28801)


To learn more about this workshop or how to register, please contact Sue Colucci at: or 828-697-4891.

Introduction to Community Supported Agriculture
Monday, October 5, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Chatham Co. Cooperative Extension Building
Registration Fee: $15

To learn more about this workshop or how to register,
please contact Debbie Roos at


Extension logoMarketing Through Community
Supported Agriculture
Tuesday, October 20, 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Chatham Co. Cooperative Extension Building
Registration Fee: $50

To learn more about this workshop or how to register,
please contact
Debbie Roos at


CEFS logo - tinyBeef Cow Wintering Management Workshop
Thursday, November 12, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, NC
Registration Fee: $20 (Includes Lunch)

To learn more about this workshop or how to register,
please contact


CEFS logo - tinyFood Safety: From Production to Sales
Wednesday, November 18, 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, NC
Registration Fee: $20 (includes lunch)

To learn more about this workshop or how to register,
please contact




Mission and 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 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.

To learn more about CEFS, please visit
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Box 7609 - NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695