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A Walking Tour of Harlem Grown: From Food Desert to Urban Farming

 Export to Your Calendar 4/7/2018
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:45 am-2:00 pm
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118 West 134th Street
New York, New York  10027
United States
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A Walking Tour of Harlem Grown: From Food Desert to Urban Farming

A guided tour of thriving urban farms in Harlem, where neighborhood children can learn how to grow food from seed to harvest and cook healthy meals using the fruits of their labor. The 60-minute tour will be led by Tony Hillery, Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown, and feature the organization's urban farms, greenhouse and livestock. Hillery received the 2017 CNN Hero award for inspiring youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives.

The tour will be followed by an expert discussion around “food desert” challenges facing inner-city communities and opportunities to tackle them through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. A brown bag lunch will be provided and is included in the ticket price. Attendees are invited to volunteer following the event -- learn how to compost, provide chicken care and be an awesome agronomist. An outline of activities for the event appears below.

Pre-registration is required. This tour is limited to 30 people!

DATE:  Saturday, April 7th, 2018
TIME:  9:45 am – 2:00 pm (networking opportunity before and after the guided tour)
LOCATION:  Meeting point: 118 West 134th Street (between Lenox Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.)
TICKETS: $25 for CBSACNY members, $35 for non-members

SPECIAL OFFER:  Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York offers ONE FREE EVENT for new members who sign up for the first time ($85 or more). Click here to join now and then contact us within 90 days to receive your promotional code before you register for the event of your choice (cannot be combined with other promotional codes; sports events, holiday parties and mixers are excluded.) 

- 9:45 - participants arrive, sign in
- 10am-11am - tour with Tony
- 11am-12pm - informal panel / Q&A
- 12-12:30 - brown-bag lunch will be provided; networking (picnic benches/lawn space available)
- 12:30-2pm - wrap up/participants that want to volunteer can jump in on tasks like watering, weeding, chicken care, compost along with community members and other volunteers

Special Instructions:  Please wear long pants, closed shoes and sun protection.  Bring a camera!

Tony Hillery Bio
Tony Hillery is the Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown. Tony founded Harlem Grown to address the health and academic challenges facing public elementary school students in Harlem. In 2011, he began volunteering with a local elementary school and was witnessing first-hand the lack of resources allocated to the schools and the poor nutrition of students. He noticed an abandoned and overrun community garden across the street from the school. Tony rallied volunteers and raised the funds needed to transform the lot into a thriving urban garden, kicking off Harlem Grown’s first-ever growing season. The first year, he worked with 400 students to plant 400 seedlings. He watched as students transformed their eating habits and learned skills like patience and responsibility. The first season, they grew 38 lbs of produce. In 2017, Harlem Grown expanded to partner with five local Harlem schools, reached over 4,900 youth, composted over 20,000 lbs of food scraps and grew over 5,400 pounds of fruits and vegetables that are then distributed to families-in-need throughout the community.

About Harlem Grown
Harlem Grown is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. Founded in 2011, the organization operates local urban farms, increases access to and knowledge of healthy food for Harlem residents, and provides garden-based development programs to Harlem youth.  Harlem Grown programs target elementary-aged students. Because food justice is more than just providing and distributing food, their model seeks to positively impact the entire community through mentorship, job training, and partnerships to create sustainable change. Harlem Grown fulfills its mission by raising support for the physical renovation of abandoned lots in Harlem, transforming them into thriving urban farms.

This event is organized by the Sustainable Business Committee. A special thank you to Gideon Saroufiem for organizing this event and for securing speakers.

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