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August 20, 2014, 2:44 am

Frances Cope House to discuss food system

The Frances Cope House, located at 1Awbury Road, will be hosting "African and African-American Vegetable Cultivars," part of their Hearth and Horticulture Series. The event will be held Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

Chris Bolden-Newsome, who will be guiding this event, will discuss the exploration and sharing of traditional African and African-American agricultural cultivars that have impacted the national and global food system.

"The main objective is to share its our community the impact and importance of African and African-American cultivars on our food systems," said Heather Zimmerman, the Director of Education at Awbury Arboretum. "Anyone who is interested in learning more about food systems, food security and African-American agriculture [will be impacted]."

Zimmerman hopes the audience carries a better understanding of the global food system, food security issues and how different cultures are related through our collective agriculture.

"[It's important ] to know the history, to understand the contributions made by many cultures to our way of growing and eating, to learn how good systems work so that one may be a better advocate for healthy growing and eating in their one communities," she said.

Bolden-Newsome has been involved in community organizing and education since he was 13. Due to his fascination with growing food, he got involved in food justice in Washington, D.C. and started backyard gardens while studying anthropology at Howard University.

In 2008, he moved to Philadelphia, continued to follow his dreams and spread the word about farming and food system work.

The class will remain open until all seats are full. For more information visit and view information under the hearth and horticulture adult and family classes.