Cultural “mid-wife” Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden speaks candidly on the power of the dining table and the values each of us bring to it.

About the speaker

Venice R. Williams self-identifies as a cultural and spiritual midwife, guiding people into “birthing” the goodness and talents that lie within. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has been working in Milwaukee for 26 years, first arriving in the city as the director of Youth Ministry for a coalition of Lutheran churches. She has been the visionary behind many Milwaukee organizations, programs, and projects, and currently serves as the Executive Director of both Alice’s Garden Urban Farm and The Body and Soul Healing Arts Center. In addition, she has just birthed a new spiritual community called “THE TABLE: a first century style community in the twenty-first century.” She is also the Education Services Coordinator for the Center for Resilient Cities, Milwaukee office.

Venice strongly believes that everything we need to know about life may be learned from observing the natural world. She has created and teaches rites of passage education for women, based on the four seasons. She has been an urban 4-H leader since 1989, teaches Junior Master Gardeners, leads a Garden Mosaics Earn and Learn program for teens, and created a project called Healthy Moms, Healthy Kids, a garden-nature-health-based program for families.  Her love of agriculture comes from her African and Choctaw family roots.

She is a wife, mother, lover of plants and people, who enjoys poetry, cooking, writing, long naps, and a good chocolate martini. When she “grows up” she wants to create an urban bed and breakfast with a herbal and literature-based theme.

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