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Plant the Pavement! Registration Open for Workshop Series

Community members and high schoolers are invited to Plant the Pavement! in November. Co-hosted by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) and Longview School, this is the first urban agriclture workshop series with Will Allen of Growing Power. The early bird registration deadline is Oct. 1, youth workshops will be Nov. 8-9 and a community workshop will be Nov. 10-11. Youth workshops are free and will include a healthy breakfast and lunch, but space is limited.
The Food Shuttle and Longview School partnered in late 2011 to become  the latest Regional Outreach Training Center  for Growing Power, and the workshop series is a collaborative effort to bring Growing Power’s innovative model of food production and community empowerment to North Carolina and its youth.

Community Workshop

This  two-day weekend workshop features half-day break-out sessions that will be taught by Will Allen and other educators from Growing Power and will include:

  • hoop house construction
  • compost/vermiculture
  • aquaponics, and
  • year-round production of microgreens.

Each participant can choose up to 2 sessions, or concentrate on one topic for the entire weekend. Breakfast and a locally-sourced hot lunch will be provided both days.

This community workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the sustainable production of healthy food, whether on a home, business, or community scale.  No previous experience in agriculture is necessary. Scholarships are available and live Spanish interpretation during the workshop is available.

Youth Workshops for Triangle Youth

These urban agriculture workshops for youth led by experts from Growing Power, IFFS, and Wake County Public Schools will feature hands-on sessions covering the basics of sustainable urban food production, including

  • hoop house season extension,
  • vermicomposting,
  • aquaponics,
  • mushrooms, and
  • microgreens.

Will Allen will discuss how these types of enterprises can empower youth to help their families and communities eat healthier while generating income and jobs.

More Information

Contact Shosha Capps at the Food Shuttle, (919) 322-8878,  for more information, to apply for a scholarship or worktrade, or to request paper registration documents in English or Spanish. Online registration, workshop schedule and session details are available at Plant the Pavement!  Teachers and youth organizers, please contact IFFS to request youth application materials before Oct. 1 for the best chance to reserve a spot.

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