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Leslie Allen interview available online

Posted 12/26/2008

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension commercial horticulture coordinator Leslie Allen’s recent guest spot on KUNR’s Nevada Newsline is now available to hear online.

The Dec. 19 appearance triggered a flood of e-mail responses about Allen’s effort to eat at least 80 percent of her diet from locally produced food.

Allen, appearing with Shelley Brant of the Local Food Network, also talked about why it is important for families to bring farm fresh, local grown food to the family table.

Allen is participating in an eating study known as "Locavore Nation" where participants attempt to eat 80 percent of their food from local, organic and sustainable sources. Locavore Nation is sponsored by America Public Media’s radio show, "The Splendid Table," which is broadcast locally on KUNR.

Allen also worked with dozens of permaculture enthusiasts and student volunteers from the University this summer to plant a vegetable garden on a median near Reno’s West Street Market.

Last month Allen was awarded a Golden Pinecone award, presented each year to individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to sustaining and improving the natural environment of the Truckee Meadows. The Pine Cone Ball awards, sponsored by Nevada EcoNet, are considered the most prestigious environmental awards in northern Nevada.

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