News from Sustainable Berea
The growing season is about to end and we are wrapping up the farm for the winter. We had our second annual Celebrate the Harvest event on September 10th with a colorful and informative festival. We hosted the 11th annual Berea Solar Tour and a series of workshops on everything from fermentation to beekeeping. Representatives from more than 20 organizations and businesses participated. Here are a few photos of activities on the farm this month.
The 11-foot steel trellis built by Berea College students was installed for the Celebrate the Harvest event. It overlooks the heirloom bean/tomato plot on the Berea Urban Farm.
Fundraising report for January through September 2016.
Gifts to Sustainable Berea Jan - Sept 2016
(does not include income from classes, products and Berea Urban Farm produce)
We plan to run an indiegogo campaign this fall for a greenhouse and we are inviting foundations to partner with us on the packing shed -- necessary for increased food production.
Below are photos from our first cooking class in 2016, in partnership with a new local restaurant, Noodle Nirvana. This year the Berea Urban Farm supplied garlic, basil and onions, three times per week during the growing season for this Thai noodle restaurant.
Two superstar workers: Michelle Flannery, Berea Urban Farm Production Manager and Laura Allnutt the brains behind QuickBooks accounting.
Alix Burke worked in the Sustainable Berea office two years ago and now works with Grow Appalachia and the Central Kentucky Food Bank. She paints a rain barrel at the Celebrate the Harvest Festival.
Debbonnaire (farmer and author) gets help from Michelle Snowden (Potting Shed) to load her pet Nubian goats in the back of her car for the ride home from the Celebrate the Harvest festival.
One of the many flower garden plots that will be used for commercial flower production in 2017
Clarence Hayes, Director of Bobtown Arts, partnered with Sustainable Berea to produce pottery for the Silent Auction at Celebrate the Harvest. Proceeds were split 50/50 with Bobtown Arts and Sustainable Berea on pottery sold at the auction. Bobtown has a wood-fired kiln and opens its studio to community members who need a space to practice their art.
For October and November, we will show films from the Land Institute (Kansas) Prairie Festival and offer workshops on managing invasives, canning and preserving. We will interview potential interns for next summer and film our indiegogo campaign.
Thank you again for your belief in the work of Sustainable Berea and the Berea Urban Farm. Your support is crucial this year as we make the leap from small to medium-sized. It is a somewhat calculated leap, but one also forged out of sheer determination and faith.
Stay tuned as we continue to grow food, create jobs, teach urban agriculture, and strengthen our neighborhood.
with help from John Allnutt