The fourth annual Harvest Hootenanny is rapidly approaching. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 5th from 3-8pm. The Hootenanny is a celebration of the growing season and a fundraising event at CCUA's Urban Farm, 1209 Smith (enter at corner of Smith and Fay). There is a suggested donation of $20, $10, or $5 at the door. There will be plenty to do for the whole family. The entire Urban Farm will have interpretive signs and volunteers to help you learn about our fruit, vegetable, herb, flower, egg, and chicken production. Also, while you're at the farm, you can sign up to become a CCUA member, buy a "Food is Good" t-shirt and talk to staff and volunteers about CCUA's different programs. There will be live music, a Missouri raised meal, a live (5pm) and silent auction, a square dance, games led by the CoMO Derby Dames, kids games, local beer and wine, and tons of fun!
This year’s is a Hootenanny you won’t want to miss because CCUA will be celebrating a couple milestones. Our Opportunity Gardens program is graduating its first batch of participants who have successfully made it through their third year in the program and are deemed ready to graduate. CCUA’s Opportunity Gardens program provides low-income individuals, families, or agencies that serve underserved populations with a raised bed or container garden, seeds, starts, basic tools, and garden mentorship for three years. Graduating participants will receive recognition and a certificate at the event.
Secondly, the Hootenanny will not only mark the end of this year’s growing season, but also of the first season of fundraising for the “Planting for the Pantry” campaign. Program sponsors will be recognized for their generosity and contributions, and there will be a photo opportunity for the whole group.
The CCUA has some pretty exciting auction and raffle items lined up. The auctions and raffle will include… Massages from Moon Valley Massage; a river cruise for 8 on the Missouri River (including a picnic); True/False passes; tickets from Mojos, The Blue Note, The University Concert Series, We Always Swing Jazz Series, and the CoMO Derby Dames; a scent-making party for 6 at Makes Scents; a grill and accessories, a mini-greenhouse and seed-starting supplies, garden tools, a rain barrel with installation from CCUA’s Edible Landscaping, and canning package from Westlake ACE Hardware; a new Jamis bike from Klunk; solar tunnel installation from Dogwood Solar; gift cards from Bass Pro Shop, O’Reilley’s Autoparts, CYCLEEXTREME, Little Owl Boutique, JJ’s Cafe, 44 Stone Public House, Murry’s Restaurant, and Eco-Chic Studio; hand-crafted gardening tools from EasyDigging.com; fold out drying rack; an Eat More Kale wall-hanging from Heartfelt; a birdhouse from Orscheln’s; cookware and kitchen gadgets from Tallulahs and Ford Restaurant Supply; a coffee roasting and tasting demo for up to 12 with Lakota Roastmaster, Lee Eckel; jam and juices from Elderberry Life; a signed book and DVD from Sandor Katz; a top bar beehive; a baby quilt; paintings from Lisa Bartlett and Tim Sparling; jewelry from Sailor Pie, and L.E. goods; pen & inks from Mike Sledd and Erin King; photography from Bill McKelvey, Silverbox Photography, Kim Carr, Ken Logsdon, Lynnette Logsdon, and Helen Atkinson; a children’s growing chart with insect photographs by Donna Brunet; a paper casting from Dennis Murphy; poster prints from David Spear; a custom-thrown commemorative plate from The Mud Room; and there’s still more to come!
The CCUA needs volunteers to help run the event. There are shifts the week of, the day of, and the day after the event. Contact Heather Gillich at firstname.lastname@example.org (573-514-4174) to sign up for a shift.
The CCUA is still looking for event sponsors. If your family, business, or organization would like to support CCUA, please consider sponsoring the event. You can make monetary or in-kind donations. Sponsors are recognized for their contributions Contact Adam Saunders if you would like to become an event sponsor at email@example.com (573-514-4174)