Clinton forum to examine community gardening, farm bill

Clinton Franciscan Sister Joan Theiss, left, lead gardener at The Canticle in Clinton, shows fruits of her labors to Laura Anderson, coordinator of the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking. The Canticle garden will provide a model for next summer’s community garden in Clinton.

CLINTON — Sustainable Clinton, the discussion and action series working to achieve a more Earth-friendly lifestyle, will convene Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2–3 p.m. at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton.  

The free, public forum will include updates on the community garden. Task force members will report on what they’ve learned about when and where and how large a garden to plant, and what to do with the produce of a community garden.

The program will also include an up-to-the-minute report from Food & Water Watch (FWW) on getting a fair Farm Bill.

The Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in 2012, and implementing certain changes, the organization states, would create a healthy food system for everyone.


“Decades of bad food policy designed to benefit agribusinesses and mega-farms, combined with unchecked corporate mergers, have wreaked havoc on family farmers, public health and rural communities,” FWW states on its website.

According to FWW, a fair Farm Bill would result in better choices and a more vibrant marketplace by breaking up the agribusiness monopolies; stable prices by restoring common-sense practices like agricultural reserves to prevent speculation from driving up food prices; increased access to healthy food;  and stronger local infrastructure by reversing the consolidation in the food system and allowing for more local businesses.

For details on the Clinton forum, call Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611, or visit

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