Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power
This is a unique opportunity to hear visionary Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, basketball player, ex-corporate leader. Allen founded Growing Power in 1993 to provide safe and healthy foods to communities by providing training and hands-on experiences. The New York Times said Allen “has achieved a certain momentum for his efforts to bring the good-food movement to the inner city.” Join us to hear Allen, “a farmer of Bunyanesque proportions,” articulate his thoughts on the good-food movement.
Sand County Tribute
11:30 a.m., Pier 290, Williams Bay
Enjoy a luncheon overlooking the waters of Geneva Lake where musician songwriter Tim Southwick Johnson will perform songs from his album, Sand County Songs, inspired by early conservationist crusader Aldo Leopold and his iconic book, A Sand County Almanac. The program is a tribute to Leopold’s best-known published work and the continued relevance of his environmental ethics in today’s modern landscape.
Thursday, July 17
Stonebeigh Farm Walkabout
Settled in 1842, this restored and loved farm is one of the earliest settlements in Walworth County, and guests will view prairie grasses, wildflowers, vegetable gardens, woods, and more. Guest speaker Peter Layton, founder and CEO of Tallgrass Restoration, is a perfect fit for this occasion, as his firm has had a great impact on the restoration work in the Geneva Lakes area and, coincidentally, helped with the restoration work of this bucolic farm.
Saturday, October 4
Shore Path Walk
8 a.m., Fontana lakefront
The seventh annual JPPT Lake Walk will benefit the Geneva Lake Conservancy. This fully underwritten event is designed to be a great day of exercise, accomplishment, and fun. Walkers are given a route map and pace guide to keep them on track for their chosen mileage goals of 3, 6, 10, or 21 miles. Fully stocked aid stations are setup roughly every three miles to maintain energy and motivation and sag support transports personal gear to the various rest stops and provides aid if needed. This is a great opportunity to accomplish a goal, promote good health, enjoy the beauty of Geneva Lake, and support the Geneva Lake Conservancy all in one day. Registration opens May 1. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Geneva Lake Conservancy.
The 33rd Annual Holly Ball at Big Foot Country Club
The Conservancy’s annual holiday celebration and fundraiser includes a live band, dinner, auction, and presentation of the Conservation Stewardship Award.