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Fritz Haeg and Will Allen, Lecture
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Fritz Haeg, artist, designer, radical gardener and author of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, and Will Allen, a contributor to the book’s second edition and MacArthur fellowship winning founder and CEO of Milwaukee-based Growing Power, will discuss their innovative gardening methods and community collaborations at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street. They will discuss the possibilities of growing food in the most unlikely places – on the streets where we live and in the middle of our cities.  There will be a book signing and reception immediately following the event.

Haeg’s book Edible Estates: Attack On the Front Lawn, called for fundamental changes in how Americans think about the food they eat, who produces it, where it comes from and at what cost. Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant, Berkeley praises the book saying that it "describes wonderfully how a garden in front of every house can transform a neighborhood, sprouting the seeds not just of zucchini and tomatoes but of bio-diversity, sustainability and community." Haeg is now releasing an expanded second edition of Edible Estates on April 1st that features updated text (including his observations on the Obama White House vegetable garden); and urban farmer Will Allen's never-before-published Declaration of the Good Food Revolution.

Fritz Haeg is one of the leading proponents in the current good food, urban gardening and locavore movements. Since 2004 he has been collaborating with homeowners throughout the United States to convert their front lawns into sustainable vegetable gardens, or “edible estates.” The gardens not only pose questions about water consumption and food sourcing but also dig deeper into the social fabric of residential zoning, peer pressure, and aesthetics. He has also participated in exhibitions at The Tate Modern, London, The ICA, Philadelphia, The Netherlands Institute for Contemporary Architecture, Maastricht, the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York.

Will AllenWill Allen is a Milwaukee-based farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. In 1995 he cofounded Growing Power, Inc., a national nonprofit organization and land trust that inspires people and communities of diverse backgrounds to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound. In an appearance on Good Morning America, Allen explained "my goal has always been to feed people healthy, safe, affordable food and make sure that everybody has access to the same food, regardless of their economic situation…You can grow just about anything, anywhere you want." Allen was invited to the White House last month to join First Lady Michele Obama as she launched the Let’s Move Campaign to end childhood obesity, advocating that the importance of community gardening and making gardens and greenhouses a part of the school environment, so that children can participate in growing fresh and healthy foods. Will Allen was also the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship for his efforts to get good food to all people.

Event Information


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

5:00 PM

Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street

Reception and book signing following lecture

Free and open to the public



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