A Friday (Jan. 3) story about the founding director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for Food in Community and Culture emphasizes the importance of good food beginning at home and close to home. The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s profile of Prof. Emerita Lynn Walter, also president of the board of directors for New Leaf Market Cooperative, explores a passion for healthy, local food and better education surrounding how and what we eat. “I’m not food purist and hesitate to tell busy people how to live their lives,” Walter said. “I’ll just say that I give myself the following advice: Cook more from scratch. Do more gardening, especially more perennial food gardening. Purchase more fresh vegetables, especially fresh from the local farmers at the farmers markets. Learn more about how to prepare a wide variety of veggies to make them delicious and nutritious. Eat more meals together with family and friends, old and new, around the dinner table.” Good story.
Prof. Laurel E. Phoenix of Public and Environmental Affairs, the co-director of the Center for Food in Community and Culture at UW-Green Bay, was editor (with Eric Fitch of Marietta College in the November edition of the journal Water Resources IMPACT. The theme of the issue’s five major articles and numerous columns was “Water and Food.” Contributors addressed issues from food security for the inhabitants of the Mekong River watershed to the impacts of drought on food production in the American Midwest, and the fact regions worldwide are focused on the relationship between water and food and the implications for feeding the world. In addition to serving as an editor, Phoenix also contributed a column to the November issue.
Please note; This item corrects an earlier version of the LOG e-news that mischaracterized the nature of the publication because of an editing error.
Among the presenters at the recent community seminar, Newfare: A Forum Cultivating Health and Wealth Through the Local Food Economy, was Prof. Debra Pearson of UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology program. With Prof. Emerita Lynn Walter, Pearson is co-director of the Center for Food in Community and Culture. A third faculty member, Joanne Gardner of Human Biology, also participated in the seminar. See P-G coverage including a prominent photo of Pearson.
NEWfare: A Forum Cultivating Health and Wealth through the Local Food Economy will be held Friday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Student Center Room SC 128. UW-Green Bay faculty member Debra Pearson, co-director of the Center for Food in Community and Culture, is a featured speaker on relationship between the nutritional quality of foods produced using conventional and organic agricultural practices. The conference keynote presentation will be by Theresa Marquez, executive marketing director of CROPPS/Organic Valley brands.
Growing concerns about food-related health issues like childhood obesity and diabetes have led to increased interest in fresh, healthy and sustainable food. NEWfare will present information on farmers markets, community-supported agriculture, kitchen incubators, marketing co-ops, community gardens, and farm-to-school programs.
The complete program and a mail-in and online registration form are at: newleafmarket.org. Registration fee is $35 for the general public and $15 for students. Lunch of local food is included. The deadline for registration is Oct. 28. Questions? Contact Lynn Walter, co-director of the Center for Food in Community and Culture, at 465-6581.
In honor of Food Day, the UW-Green Bay Center for Food in Community and Culture will be hosting a screening and discussion of the documentary Forks Over Knives. The film examines the power of whole, plant-based foods as potent medicines that may prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The showing will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 25) in the Union’s Christie Theatre. A brief discussion will follow the film.
Former Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton will be the guest speaker tonight (May 18), when the 2011 Champions of Conservation Award Program is held on the UW-Green Bay campus. Her talk is titled “Cultivating Environmental Stewardship in the Lakeshore Region.” Co-hosts of the event on campus are UW-Green Bay entities including the institution’s Center for Food in Community and Culture, as well as the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).
Reservations are required for the Champions of Conservation Award Program, which will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Room, but Lawton’s presentation at 7 p.m. in the Phoenix Room is open to the general public. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
There’s a film presentation and discussion this Thursday evening April 28, starting at 6 p.m. at the Brown County Central Library (515 Pine St.), organized by the local Earth Week Coalition. Prof. Emerita Lynn Walter, co-director for the Center for Food in Community and Culture, will facilitate a discussion following the showing of the film “Food, Inc.” Free and open to the public.
New Leaf Market Cooperative is bringing together growers and eaters in the first-ever winter farmers market in downtown Green Bay. The markets are set for two Saturdays, Jan. 15 and 29, 8 a.m. to noon, at the KI Convention Center. Vendors will have fresh, frozen, organic, and locally grown and prepared food available for purchase. New Leaf Market will hold a membership drive.
“Joining the cooperative is making an investment with the reward of joining like-minded individuals to bring something unique and needed to the downtown area, says Lynn Walter, co-director, Center for Food in Community and Culture at UW-Green Bay and a board member.
She notes that the member shares will be held in reserve until the membership votes to go ahead with the project. To learn more, visit www.newleafmarket.org.
The community’s new food cooperative, New Leaf Market, will be the topic of an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 28) in one of the basement meeting rooms at the downtown branch of the Brown County Public Library, 515 Pine St. The organization’s interim board of directors includes Lynn Walter of UW-Green Bay and the Center for Food in Community and Culture. Whether possible member or simply curious, you’re welcome to attend.
We have been posting notices here of Thursday’s visit by University of Washington scholar and author Prof. Jeffrey Hou, who’ll address urban gardens and “greening communities” at a Center for Food in Community and Culture lecture and reception later that day. We should also mention he’ll speak on the topic “Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of the Contemporary City” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday in MAC Hall Room 208. In cities around the world, activists are reclaiming and creating urban sites, temporary spaces and informal gathering places. His morning appearance, arranged by the academic unit in Urban and Regional Studies, is open to the public.