Get Outside Grow Community Dinner a Success!
The Get Outside-Grow program, sponsored by United Way of Whitewater Valley, is a food distribution program with a focus on sustainable, local, and equal food growth and consumption. Although fresh, local food can be scarce in the winter months, there is never a bad time to think about where your food comes from and consider what you are eating!
With this in mind, Get Outside-Grow began planning our first Community Dinner. We wanted to create a space where anyone in the community, regardless of socioeconomic status, could come and enjoy a meal while educating themselves on sustainable growing practices and healthy diets.
Our first dinner took place last Friday. Wanting to incorporate other organizations in our program, we decided to hold the event at the Martha Dwyer in Richmond. We were able to have various vegetable-based dishes donated to us, including buffalo cauliflower and a delicious vegetable soup. Not only were attendees welcome to eat as much as they wanted, they were also able to take recipe cards home with them in order to recreate the dishes themselves!
The purpose of this event, besides creating a sense of community, was to spread information about how residents of Richmond can grow their own food in the coming growing season. Resources available include Miller Farm at Earlham, which offers free growing spaces. Sprout of Control is also a valuable asset in Richmond that connects community members with free growing plots. And this year, Cope Environmental Center is partnering with Richmond Parks Department in order to use their new greenhouses. CEC will be able to start twice as many seedlings as previous years and will then give those seedlings away at the first Farmers Market!
CEC has been proud to put on Get Outside-Grow and to watch the program itself grow! We look forward to a new year of sustainable, local vegetable production and distribution, as well as healthier, happy residents in Wayne County!
Stay tuned for information on our March Community Dinner! For more information, visit copeenvironmental.org/initiatives/get-outside-grow/!
Thank you to our sponsor, United Way of Whitewater Valley!