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Wednesday, December 6 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Growing Change: Youth Empowerment through Agriculture FILLING

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Our identity and personal journey is intimately connected to place and cultural history. The agrarian community in Laurinburg, North Carolina has suffered from the same structural racism that contributes to a disproportionate number of African American farmers, now around 1% nation-wide. Growing Change was founded to empower youth to overcome these disparities. It develops community by harnessing the leadership skills of veterans, as they teach farming to youth diverted from the penal system. Brownfields are reclaimed and healthy food systems are set up for communities. Clinical support therapy to mentors and students alike is offered as each group binds together to face these deep challenges. Come listen to the stories of the leaders and youth of Growing Change as they discuss how we can understand our own values and stories to create actions plans for long-term cultural change in the food system.  

Presenters
avatar for Derek Cummings

Derek Cummings

Youth Leader, GrowingChange
Derek Cummings, age 18, is an ‘original’ youth leader with GrowingChange, meaning he helped create the model GrowingChange uses to flip closed prisons into sustainable farms and educational centers. Derek recently presented this model at NC A&T State University, teaching faculty and students about how NC used more forced prison labor to build its road system th... Read More →
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Davon Goodwin

Farmer, OTL Farms/GrowingChange
Davon Goodwin is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Davon Goodwin grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he studied biology with a concentration in botany. While in college, Davon enlisted in the Army Reserve... Read More →
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Debbie Hanmer

Associate Professor/Chair of the Board, University of North Carolina at Pembroke/GrowingChange
Associate Professor, retired and now teaching part time for the Biology Department at the University of  North Carolina at Pembroke.  She was instrumental in establishing the Sustainable Agriculture track of the Environmental Science degree and a minor in sustainable agriculture. Dr... Read More →
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Ezekiel Jones

Youth Leader, GrowingChange
Ezekiel Jones, age 18, is an ‘original’ youth leader with GrowingChange, meaning he helped create the model GrowingChange uses to flip closed prisons into sustainable farms and educational centers. Zeke recently presented this model at MIT, teaching faculty and students about the award winning site planning of how GrowingChange plans to use the site. As a re... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
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