Monday, April 11, 2011

April Updates for Elkhart Local Food Alliance! Join in the Fun!

After yesterday's weather, who wouldn't be ready to get in the garden!??!  Luckily, there are many opportunities to get involved!
Donation Requests: 
we could use the following:
- tomato cages/stakes
- manure/organic matter
- potting soil
- tools
- seed-starting trays
- shelves and lights for starting seeds
- perennials (like strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, asparagus, fruit trees, etc)
- irrigation equipment (rain barrels, hoses, drip lines, etc)
- flower bulbs

Upcoming Events:
4-H: Every Thursday!
Every Thursday4:30-6:00 at Jubilee House, 1320 Prairie Street, OR next door at Prairie Street Mennonite Church. Come join in a variety of educational programs ! All are welcome.
This week, we'll be continuing work on our new top bar bee hives!
Rise Up Farms Work Day
Join us this Sunday, April 17th, 1-4pm, for a work day on the farm.
Next ELFA Meeting
All are welcome to join our next ELFA meeting on Tuesday, April 19th, 3:00-5:30 at Jubilee House, 1320 Prairie Street. Come and participate in planning for this growing season and upcoming events!
Spring Garden Kick-off!
Join us for a bicycle tour of all eight of our gardens on Sunday afternoon, May 15th. We'll visit each garden, install our new garden signs, do some planting of warm-weather crops, share some food, and invite the press. Stay tuned for more details!
Rise up Farms 5K Fun Run/Walk
Register now for this 5k run/walk to benefit Rise Up Farms on Saturday, May 21st at 8:00am. The race will be followed with a picnic at the farm (fresh salad and veggies provided and grown on site!), and farm and barn tours. Prizes include a CSA share, or a facial. We'll also be selling tickets to raffle off a CSA share - and will draw the winner after the race!
Rise Up Farms Raffle Ticket Sales
Call to get your raffle tickets, and a chance to when a share in our CSA! Ticket prices as follows:
1 for $5
2 for $8
3 for $10
Local Maple Syrup for sale!
Rise Up Farms has a limited number of bottles left from this year's maple syrup season. Call ASAP to place your order!
Community Garden Plots!!We still have plots available at many of our 8 sites throughout the city. Please contact us if you are interested in having a plot for yourself or your family.

Community Supported Agriculture!!Rise Up Farms still has shares available for this year's CSA. Please be in touch if you are interested in purchasing one, or participating in our work share program (volunteering in exchange for a weekly box of vegetables).
Nicole Bauman

Doula, DONA trained

Neighborhood Food Coordinator
Elkhart Local Food Alliance

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