Cultivating, Food, Farms & Communities
CEFS TO HOST “LOCAL, LIVING ECONOMIES: GREEN, FAIR AND FUN” LECTURE
BALLE Co-Founder Judy Wicks to Visit Triangle
Judy Wicks, a national leader in the local, living economies movement, BALLE, and founder of Philadelphia’s famed White Dog Café will offer the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ (CEFS) 2008 Sustainable Agriculture Lecture, Tuesday, September 16 at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh at 7:00 p.m.
Proponents of BALLE—Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—embrace the “triple bottom line” concept that local businesses can be profitable while simultaneously fostering social and environmental consciousness. Visit http://www.livingeconomies.org/ for detailed information.
The lecture, presented by Burt’s Bees, is free and open to the public. Reserved seats for Friends of CEFS ($25 for 2) are available. A private reception benefiting the CEFS Intern and Apprentice Programs and attended by Ms. Wicks will take place at 5:30 p.m. for Guardians of CEFS ($250 for 2 reserved “golden circle seats” and 2 tickets to the reception). For detailed information visit www.cefs.ncsu.edu
Judy Wicks’ “Local, Living Economies: Green, Fair and Fun” 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 strengthen and support North Carolina’s communities, farmers and environment. Carlo gave us inspiration; Judy will give us a wealth of experience.”
Wicks founded Philadelphia’s famed White Dog Café (http://www.whitedog.com/) 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.
In 2001, Wicks co-founded BALLE to “catalyze, strengthen, and connect networks of locally owned independent businesses that are green and fair.” Today, BALLE supports more than 55 active networks across the United States and Canada.
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.
CEFS—one of the nation's most accomplished centers for the study and promotion of sustainable food and farming systems—was established in 1994 by North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Its Intern and Apprentice Programs are dedicated to the cultivation of new and aspiring farmers (http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/)