Community garden invites locals to celebrate first harvest

October 9, 2013 by  

The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Education Center will be hosting a Fall Harvest Celebration later this month. The garden, which opened to the public this spring, was a three-year project for the community, and Lafayette residents are invited to come in and celebrate the first harvest.

For a $5 individual donation, or a $10 family donation, visitors to the garden can enjoy tours of the site, informal classes, music performed by local musicians, a scavenger hunt, and a raffle. There will also be group art projects for all ages.

The community garden was designed and created with the intent of allowing locals to create collaborative vegetable and herb gardens, participate in sustainable practice workshops, and share harvests. It strives to be a location in which everyone in the community can learn about their local ecosystem. Due to the garden’s location across from the Lafayette reservoir, the site is considered a riparian zone ecosystem. This means native plants in the area are adapted to live in semi-aquatic environments.

A celebration at a neighborhood garden represents an opportunity to bring attention to a relatively new community venue. Flyers and brochures produced by a local printing company can create positive buzz for the harvest event, but also for the garden on its own. With a location as attractive as a community garden, brochure and flyer printing can be a powerful promotional tool to bring in new learners and gardeners for the center.

The harvest will be open to the public on October 20.