Our good friend and HOMEGROWNer Aliza* recently sent a note to let us know about the upcoming “Sowing Seeds Here and Now!: A Chesapeake Area Urban Farming Summit on June 18, 2010 in Beltsville, MD. The inspiration and keynote speaker for the summit is urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius” fellow, Will Allen, from Farm Aid-funded group Growing Power. Allen’s Milwaukee farm and “community food center” has served as a model for other cities, and summit organizers are hoping that his presence can get things into high gear.
The goal of the one-day hands-on learning and strategizing event is to “catalyze and support” urban farming throughout the metropolitan area – Washington, DC, Prince George’s and other local counties, and Baltimore – known as the Chesapeake area. The summit aims to educate attendees about the many benefits of urban agriculture projects and to provide a deeper look into the models that exist around the country.
Sounds like a wonderfully powerful gathering of forces – spread the word!
Do you know of similar summits happening in your area? Post the information in the comments section and I’ll add it to the HOMEGROWN.org events calendar, too.
Also on HOMEGROWN.org, Farm Aid’s online gathering place for eaters, growers and farmers who celebrate the “culture” in agriculture by sharing skills like growing, cooking and food preservation: