Sun Prairie Reads Seedfolks
As part of our first-ever community reads project, we are encouraging our entire community to read the book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and engage with it throughout the community. Seedfolks is highly relevant to Sun Prairie, as we have grown very quickly in both population and diversity. There has been terrific support for people in need and the community has welcomed those who come from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Yet, there has been an underlying sense that by growing so quickly, the city is facing more urban issues, such as transportation, transient houseing, poverty, delinquency, and food insecurity. While a community read project and community garden are not panaceas, they offer another way to unite people according to themes that are less threatening, like gardening, green space, and sustainability.
As part of the Sun Prairie Reads project, we are planning to install a library garden right next to our building. There is a large community garden just up the street from the library, but this one will be immediately accessible to patrons and staff and will be open to all. We are planning to feature easy-to-grow produce in this garden, such as tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce. We will use some of this produce in various library programs highlighting healthy eating and sustainability. The rest of the produce will be made available to those in the community who are most in need through our partnership with The Sunshine Place, which is a few blocks from the library and is a single point of access to social services.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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