Here's a special message from our friend Liz Karabinakis, the Community Food Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County. Please help support this important event! --Dave
Greetings friends, neighbors, sustainability & social justice minded folks and fellow local foodies,
I'd like to personally extend a warm invitation to join us for a a fun community event with great local music, food and company that benefits the Healthy Food for All Program. The support of the community has been instrumental in helping WIC and Food Stamp eligible families access the abundance of fresh foods being grown by our neighboring farms in our neighboring fields. This year more families are having difficulty accessing fresh foods and our local farmers are ready to help. Please join us in our goal to provide 100+ subsidized shares!
I look forward to seeing you, our loved ones, family, friends and neighbors on Sunday!
You're invited to the Healthy Food For All's Spring benefit concert this Sunday, April 26th! In fact, everyone's invited! Bring the whole family!
When: Sun. April 26th, 3 p.m. until 11 p.m.
What: benefit to support subsidized CSA shares for low-income families in the Ithaca area
Who: Heehaw Nightmare, Evil City String Band, Pearls Basement, the Talktome's, and Thousands of One
Suggested donation of $10. goes directly to farmers feeding local families!
Cups of "farm soup" for sale.
Local music + local food + local farms = local fun!!
The participating farms are:
Full Plate Farm Collective, Early Moring Organic Farm, Westhaven, Three Sisters, Sweetland Farm, and Kestrel Perch Berry Farm
If you can't make it but still would like to support the Healthy Food for All program you can make a check payable to Local Foods Network and mail it to: CCE Tompkins, Attn: Liz Karabinakis, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca NY 14850. The cost to subsidize one share for a family for the entire 2009 growing season is $250, but donations of any size are greatly appreciated. Every bit helps!!!
UPDATE 4/29/09: Liz Karabinakas reports that this event was a fabulous success. She writes: It was a beautiful day and the first couple of bands played outside while people sat on the deck and caught up with friends (it has been a long winter!) and kids got to frolic about. The evening was also spectacular as a new wave of people rolled in and Thousands of One got many of us onto the dance floor. The farms did a wonderful job bringing people together in a convenient downtown location that provided a fun and family friendly environment for us all to reconnect before the growing season AND we raised enough money to fund CSAs for five families for the entire growing season (over 5 months of fresh produce!).
Thanks to everyone who came out to support this fundraiser for a great cause!