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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

May 7, 2024

Shout Out: Dr. Charles Barden

Submitted by Gregg Hadley

This week the Shout Out is from Tandy Rundus, SNAP-Ed NE Region Specialist and Janis Simon, SNAP-Ed Tribal Food Systems Coordinator; and is sent for Dr. Charles Barden, Director of Geyer Forestry Center, K-State Forestry, Agroforestry and Water Quality professor in Horticulture and Natural Resources. Tandy writes:

"This Shout Out is for Dr. Charles Barden, Director of the Geyer Forestry Center, K-State Forestry, Agroforestry and Water Quality professor and all-around amazing human. Although he is a forester by trade, when tribes in Kansas were working with him on streambank stabilization projects and learned he had a love of gardening, they asked Charlie for gardening resources as well. Charlie connected with KSRE local unit staff in Brown and Jackson counties and began conducting Garden Workshops with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas long before most began supporting work with Indigenous communities. Charlie is the epitome of a KSRE Professor and Extension Specialist - connecting with the local unit Extension staff and including them to provide this programming and responding to the needs shared by Kansans even if it wasn't his job. He continues to be an amazing connector for Kansas SNAP-Ed in our community garden work with Kansas tribes. Charlie is retiring this June, and we will miss him in Kansas SNAP-Ed Tribal Foods work. Thank you, Charlie, for all you have done to improve the lives of Kansas tribal community members and their families."

Charlie, thanks for all you do for the people of Kansas, our colleagues and K-State Research and Extension.

If you know of a colleague or team of colleagues who deserve recognition for a job well done, why not nominate them for a Shout Out. Simply send their name(s) and the reason for the Shout Out to ksreshoutout@ksu.edu.

Shout Out submissions are published in the order they are received.