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CEFS receives Kellogg Foundation grant for outreach series

September 13, 2007

Media Contact: Nancy Creamer, director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, at 919.515.9447 or nancy_creamer@ncsu.edu

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) recently received a $10,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in support of its "Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture" outreach series, which includes farmer and consumer-oriented workshops, a sustainable agriculture lecture and a family-oriented fall festival.

CEFS, located in Goldsboro, is a partnership of North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

The "Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture" workshop series was initiated in 2006 to celebrate 10 years of CEFS programming.

"The workshop series was so successful in educating farmers, other agricultural professionals, students and consumers, we've decided not only to continue it, but expand it to include two new events: an author series and an annual sustainable agriculture lecture," said Dr. Nancy Creamer, CEFS director.

The inaugural sustainable agriculture lecture was given in May by Carlo Petrini, founder of the International Slow Food Movement.

The second annual CEFS Fall Festival, to be held in Goldsboro on Sept. 15, will feature educational exhibits, kids' activities, farm tours, workshops, food, music and a farmers' market. Fall Festival information is available on line at: http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/fallfestival2007.htm

"We are grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for supporting these important initiatives," said Dean Johnny Wynne, N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "Our overall goal for CEFS programming is to broaden the dialogue about sustainable agriculture and local food systems among the general public, educators, policy makers, health professionals, agriculture professionals, students and others, furthering the development and implementation of sustainable community-based food systems in North Carolina."

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 "to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations." To achieve the greatest impact, the Foundation targets its grants toward specific areas. These include: health; food systems and rural development; youth and education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. For further information, please visit the Foundation's Web site at www.wkkf.org.

Written by:
Suzanne Stanard, 919.513.3126 or suzanne_stanard@ncsu.edu

Posted by Dave at September 13, 2007 11:05 AM