The Center for Food in Community and Culture sponsored a panel discussion on Community Gardens in Brown County on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7 pm in the Central Library in Green Bay. The panel discussion was to support the One Book, One Community reading selection of Seedfolks, a novel for young adults by Paul Fleishman.

Community Gardens Panelists
Panelists Yia Thao, Sue Huxford, Frank Haney, and Karen Early

Sue Premo of the One Book, One Community committee began the evening with a brief introduction to Seedfolks, which tells the story of how 13 people from diverse cultural heritages and generations came together to create a community garden in a low-income neighborhood in Cleveland. The panel began with Karen Early of UW Brown County Cooperative Extension, who presented the history of the development of community gardens in Brown County from the 1990s to the present outlining their successes and struggles over the years. Frank Haney, from Oneida Nation followed with a presentation of the development of various Tsyunhehkw^ (trans., Life Sustenance) programs, including an organic farm, cannery, and retail store. Yia Thao, Southeast Asian Coordinator for Student Services at NWTC, discussed the role of Hmong elders in community gardens–as farmers and farmers market vendors. Sue Huxford who teaches English Language Learners at West High School in Green Bay wrapped up the panel discussion by sharing her experience teaching the book Seedfolks and community gardening in Portland, Oregon. The audience of about 40 people had many points to discuss, especially about how we can improve the nutritional quality of school meals and the health of children through school gardening programs.

Lynn Walter was moderator for the Community Gardens Panel Discussion on April 21. Sue Premo of the One Book, One Community Committee introduced the book Seedfolks, which is their reading selection for this year. Here are a couple of PowerPoint slides from the evening that illustrate the connection between food security, culture, and environment.
Audience Community Gardens Poster Sue Premo
Audience, panel, and moderator, Lynn Walter
Poster for Community Gardens Panel
Sue Premo