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A Winter Gathering
A Winter Gathering
The Annual Meeting for Sustainable Berea and the Berea Urban Farm Join us, eat great food, and have fun with our auctions. Your funds help pay for cedar raised garden beds, soil, and starts for the Berea Victory Garden Blitz.
Feb 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
100 Churchill Dr, Berea, KY 40403, USA
Please order tickets online


Community Sustainability Award winners

Live auction and silent auction

Dinner served by Laurel County African American Heritage Center

Join us in 2024


2024 is the 10th year for the Victory Garden Blitz. It is the only time in the year that people can get deeply discounted cedar beds, soil, starts and educational materials while signing up for ongoing workshops in urban farming. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the Blitz has made possible over the years 1,464 raised beds installed in school yards, public places, homes and businesses. Our goal for 2024 is 275 beds.

Lists of items for the February 10th  "Winter Gathering" Annual Meeting for Sustainable Berea. 

Live Auction items

Kenna Sparks, Painted rain barrel, retrofitted for installation.


Lothar Baumann, burl maple bowl with a live edge, unique grain.


Lou DeLuca, My rug, titled “After Albers,” is in tribute to Josef Albers who taught design at both Black Mountain College and Yale for decades. His wife Ani Albers was a famous weaver who also made rugs. The colors and design are inspired by the cover illustration of his seminal study of the interaction of color. If the person who buys this wants to hang it rather than use it as a rug, Lou will attach a hanging sleeve for them.


Keeneland clubhouse, for spring or fall race meet. Steve and Tiffany Whitcomb entertain four guests. Includes lunch at the clubhouse.


Lou Deluca and Victoria Faoro,  Three-course Mediterranean dinner for 10 at the Deluca and Faoro home in Berea for two hours during June, July or September, 2024. Seating is at one table with glassware, cloth linens, and handcrafted dinner plates. Menu will be discussed with you prior to the meal but includes three courses with an antipasto platter, freshly baked Italian bread, multiple sides, entree,  tossed salad, and a selection of desserts. Served family and buffet style, water and coffee provided. Bring your own wine. 


Thana Connelly, Tiramisu Layer Cake. A vanilla cake layered with an espresso-Kahlua mixture, tiramisu filling, and mascarpone buttercream.  


Vallorie Henderson, I am donating Community Nest to Sustainable Berea and the Berea Urban Farm fundraiser in su wire armature that is interwoven with honeysuckle, dried day lily fronds, milkweed pods and American Beech twigs. A variety of other dried plant materials are intertwined throughout the nest. This piece is the result of the artist's 2023 residency at Bernheim Artist and Arboretum. 


Jason Meeks, Hand-forged, triangle Dinner Bell


Richard Olson, Clemes & Clemes modern spinning wheel circa 1980. (Current retail is $1,665)


Clarence Hayes, Ceramic.


Sarah Vaughn, This quilt is a modern interpretation of the traditional Rail Fence quilt pattern. Throw size is 57” x 60” Quilt uses a variety of vintage and contemporary 100% quilting cotton. Machine pieced and machine quilted. 


Cheryl Stone, When Cheryl was in college she lived with her grandmother who had certain rules for the house.  One was that Cheryl made her bed daily and she took a cooking lesson on Saturdays. This is where she learned to make her apple pie.

Silent Auction items

Adopt a Hive, You get your name on one of the BUF’s new Layens bee hives, a tour of the inside of the hive, updates on the bees, a share of the honey harvest, and your picture in the Fall 2024 issue of Ag Mag.


Andrea Bocelli, Italian Tenor, four tickets to his concert in Cincinnati on April 7, 2024. Go here to learn about Andrea Bocelli.


Jim Tyrrell, Walnut  accessory table.


Doug Haley, Wooden wine caddy.


Top Drawer Gallery,  bench with hand-woven top.


Appalachian Fireside Gallery, Bright turquoise Mobius and stone necklace for accent. The woman who makes these is retired and there are NO MORE.  

Cat Covell, Jewelry.


Pam Corley, Hand-dyed, silk scarf.


Peacecraft, Long, pastel colors in this hand-woven table runner with a complementary wooden lazy susan.


Walter Hyleck, tea pot.


Cynthia Cusick, two mugs and pitcher with owl design.


Bruce Hoefer, ceramic.


Cynthia Main, broom.


Bob Berger, “Winter Blitz” water color, January 2024.


Leah Rees, Abstract landscape painting (about 4’ X 5’).


Edible Mushroom experience, A wild mushroom class & foray for you and 3 others between July and September with Tim Hensley and Jane Post.


Boone Tavern, One night stay for two with breakfast.


Gene Stinchcomb, wooden cutting board.


Susana Lein, items from Salamander Springs farm.


Pradeep and Joanne,  Bird note cards.

Sweet treats

Jamie Hart - Chocolate biscotti

Gin Petty - One loaf homemade bread

Eric Preece - Exquisite handmade chocolates

Eleanor Sartor - Cupcakes  

Paula Maionchi - Chocolate chip cookies, gluten free 

Paula Maionchi - Chocolate chip cookies, AP Flour

Signed copies of the authors' books at the silent auction table

Bobi Conn

Sarah Hall

Vicky Hayes

Libby Jones

Bill Best

Will Harris

Leo Carver

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