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Nov. 10: Common Read Public Lecture

Erika Allen will discuss growing food, creating a sustainable food economy.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-3-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Erika Allen (pictured), national projects director for the Milwaukee non-profit company Growing Power Inc., will discuss how to grow food and create a sustainable food economy on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

To watch Erika Allen’s presentation live online go to MavTube Live.

Allen’s presentation, free and open to the public, is part of a series of events being held in conjunction with Minnesota State Mankato’s common read program, now in its sixth year.

A book by Allen’s father, Will Allen, titled “The Good Food Revolution,” is the common read for the 2015-16 academic year.

“The Good Food Revolution” discusses the life of Will Allen, a businessman turned farmer who began his journey with a roadside food stand in urban Milwaukee. He has since founded Growing Power Inc., an organization devoted to “developing living systems that are economically feasible for all people to have sustainable protein and vegetables all year round.”

In Erika Allen’s position as national projects director for Growing Power Inc., she runs eight farm sites around Chicago. Erika and her team teach adults and at-risk youth how to grow food and create a sustainable food economy. They sell the fruits of their labor at farmers’ markets around the city.

More information on the presentation and a full listing of Minnesota State Mankato’s common read activities are available online here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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