Let’s Grow Akron invites community members to browse fresh produce and garden-related artwork; enjoy food and beverages; and taste honey and jam at its upcoming “FUNdraiser” on Saturday, Oct. 7.
“We’ll have something for everyone to enjoy,” said Lisa Nunn, executive director of Let’s Grow Akron, a nonprofit working to build and maintain community food gardens and beautification sites in neighborhoods that need it most. “Let’s Grow Akron staff and our Board of Trustees are looking forward to showcasing our harvest and other local goods among community members who attend our fundraiser.”
The Hive Mind, a community art space located at 375 W. Exchange St., will host the event from 4 to 10 p.m. Visitors will have many options to purchase goods to support Let’s Grow Akron’s gardens and other programs going into the next growing season – the organization’s 30th anniversary.
While Let’s Grow Akron will also accept general donations at the door, purchases for raffle tickets, produce, honey, jam and artwork will also benefit the organization.
“We want our guests to have fun while supporting a good cause,” Nunn added. “It is important for community members to not only understand the positive impact they are making on Let’s Grow Akron as an organization, but also on our Akron-area neighbors who need assistance growing and harvesting their own healthy food. Some people in our community cannot easily access nutritious food, which poorly affects their quality of life.”
Local bands will play live music and the Community Pizza Oven will be on site to make fresh pizzas for attendees to purchase. Jan Green, a Let’s Grow Akron employee, will share homemade jam samples, while Laura Urban, a member of Let’s Grow Akron’s Board of Trustees and co-owner of Urban Honey Bee, offers local honey tastings.
Parking is available across West Exchange Street at January Paint. For more information about Let’s Grow Akron, visit its website at www.letsgrowakron.org.
Let’s Grow Akron is a nonprofit organization that creates and supports community food gardens and beautification sites in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food and green space. The organization has a history of community gardening, increasing food access and providing technical assistance in methods of using urban lands for food production since 1988. Educational programs empower people to grow their own food, prepare healthy meals from the harvest, preserve the surplus and ultimately increase food security.