To read about the 1st Annual Harvest Dinner (2008), click here.
To read about the 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner (2009), click here.
To read about the 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner (2010), click here.
4th Annual Harvest Dinner, 2011
Friday, November 4, 5:30pm-8pm: Gathering at Warrior Garden and Dinner at Warrior Dining Hall
Picture on right: Gary Pollard, member of the WSU Board of Governors, helps himself to the delicious offerings of the harvest dinner.
This year’s SEED Wayne Harvest Dinner, November 4, gathered 75 invited guests from campus and the community to celebrate the year’s harvests in food and related partnerships! AVI chefs outdid themselves in the menu they prepared, which included items sourced from campus gardens throughout the summer, harvested by SEED Wayne program leader Charles Lisee and volunteers, and preserved just for this event.
Guests represented such community partners as Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Earthworks Urban Farm, and Greening of Detroit, as well as campus units such as Urban Studies and Planning, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Anthropology, and others. We were also honored by the presence of Gary Pollard, member of Wayne State Board of Governors.
The dinner was co-sponsored by AVI Foodsystems, Inc., the university’s food service contractor, and a key SEED Wayne partner. The menu consisted of 9 items, all sourced from the campus gardens, our own Wednesday Farmers Market, and other local food businesses!
Director Kami Pothukuchi acknowledged the contributions of SEED Wayne’s community and campus partners, staff, and volunteers, without whom our work—let alone successes—would have been impossible. Program Leaders Charles Lisee, Christa Powell, Jazmine Powell, and Sara Farmer made presentations on the Program's activities and its accomplishments this year. In 2011, many new activities were offered, including winter growing at the Warrior Garden, whose harvests were prepared for sampling and outreach during Earth Week in campus dining halls, the health fairs offered in partnership with two Detroit FRESH stores, Double Up Food Bucks at the WSU Farmers Market for the whole season, and more.
This year, our work was recognized by an honorable mention from the Detroit Free Press's Green Leaders Program and from Keep Michigan Beautiful with a Michigan Plaque--the organization's second most prestigious award! SEED Wayne thanks friends Julie Osburn and Lisa Kyle of Wayne State University and Brian Colter of Grosse Pointe Farms for nominating the program for the awards.