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UW’s Allen Centennial Garden Hosts Second Annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 30
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/15/2023

Madison, Madison and broader community are invited to celebrate Allen Centennial Garden’s second annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event, which runs from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., will have live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations and storytelling, alongside opportunities to learn about different harvest traditions from numerous cultures around the world. The festival is free and open to the public.

The Harvest Festival centers around the Wyman Kitchen Garden, which highlights the crops and cuisines of African American, Latinx, and Native American cultures. Crops were selected, planted and harvested in consultations with partners from the Native American Center for Health Professions, Trade Roots, and the UW–Madison Department of Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences. The Wyman Kitchen Garden, completed in spring, features a circular shape divided into three sections with plants such as beans, celosia, collards, epazote, peppers, and squash.

The Harvest Festival kicks off with a seed exchange at 12:00 p.m., featuring free seeds shared by Allen Centennial Garden, Seed Savers Exchange, and community members. Individuals with seeds they’d like to contribute to the exchange are asked to arrive at noon, and seeds will be ready to pick up starting at 12:30 p.m.

Attendees will be treated to a variety of entertainment, including performances and presentations by:

Atimevu West African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Natalia Armacanqui and Richard Hildner Armacanqui, Andean music and stories

Yusuf Bin-Rella and Francesco Mangano, chefs


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