Heifer Farm to Host a Discussion on Empowering Smallholder Farmers


Heifer Farm, a Learning Center of Heifer International, will be holding a public discussion about Heifer International’s efforts to end hunger and poverty through its U.S.-based Seeds of Change Initiative on Saturday, November 9, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The evening event will look at the issues surrounding hunger and poverty in the U.S. and discuss how Heifer works with smallholder farmers in Appalachia and the Delta regions to grow jobs, improve health and end American poverty through the extraordinary potential of locally produced food.

Speaking will be Heifer’s Director of Social Enterprise Development in Appalachia, Jeffrey Scott, who will share insights from the successful work happening in and around Boone, N.C., connecting farmers to markets like restaurants and universities.

Also speaking at the event will be Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO of Heifer International, who will discuss how to increase the scale and scope of crops that farmers produce to better meet the demand for locally grown food.  

Heifer Farm-grown refreshments will be served.

About Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call 1-800-696-1918.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @heifer and read about our work at our blog

Heifer Farm is one of Heifer International’s U.S. learning centers that provide educational programming to teach participants about the root causes of poverty and hunger, Heifer’s work to help the poor achieve self-reliance and what they can do to help.  Please follow Heifer Learning Centers on Facebook.

Media interested in this event can contact Liz Ellis, Event and Outreach Coordinator, (508) 886-5005, liz.ellis@heifer.org