We are so thankful to be blessed with such a wonderful community here in Western North Carolina!
Our 9th Annual Square Dance, Potluck and Fundraiser held May 20th of 2017 was such a wonderful show of compassion. As a nonprofit community and giving garden, we wouldn’t be able to do this work without each and every one of you. And unfortunately, there’s a greater need as more and more people find themselves in situations where they’re unable to feed themselves and their families. NPR recently reported that “One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggle to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.” That is why we began growing on this small plot of land in Fairview, NC nine seasons ago. In addition to helping those during difficult times, we also want to be a source of education and inspiration to foster personal growth and community development, because like a plant no one can grow without a warm and inviting environment.
Our annual square dance, potluck and fundraiser is one way we’re able to raise the funds to support our few staff and the necessary resources to provide fresh, organic produce to those in need.
Take a peek at the fun had in the beautiful photos taken by Sarah Elizabeth Malinak below:
Thanks to all of the generous donors listed below for helping to make this year’s event such a success (in addition to each and everyone of you)
Cindy Vandewart, Maria Horton, Woof in the Woods, Biltmore Estate, Amelia Fletcher, Cedar Ridge, Corner Kitchen, High Country Nursery, April Tarjick, Chestnut, Steam Masters, Asheville Symphony, Joe Scully, Marsha Mills, Garden Spot, BB Barnes, Jan Love Akers, Nels Arnold, Anne Tansey/Twigwork, Annie Ager
Biltmore Coffee Traders, Rhubarb, Happy Tails, Asheville Community Theatre, Breakout Asheville, Malaprops, Aloft, Kiln’s, Tops for Shoes, Hickory Nut Gap Farms, Enter the Earth, Spring Mountain Shiners, Whistlehop, Imladris, Hot Springs Spa and Resort, Marie Forney, Trout Lily
Farmer Jane Soaps, Herbiary, Bee Charmer, Anthony Rivera, Green Man Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewery, Michael Kinnear, French Broad Chocolates, Jen Rattigan, Jessica Lynn, The Hub of Fairview, Fairview Town Crier, Sandie Rhodes, Barbara Trombatore, Mary Dean Leland, Betsy Milford, John Myers of Laughing Waters, Ken Abbott, Kathy Rauch
Fairview Animal Hospital, Drunkencows.com/Roz, Golfers Paradise, Chuck Wood, Sami Claire, Sugar Shack, Ruth & Ranshaw, The Local Joint, Hot Dog King, Fairview Welcome Table, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Troyers, Pisgah Banjos
If you weren’t able to attend and would like to make a donation, we graciously accept monetary donations or support in the garden with needed projects and resources.
We could also use help with the following projects:
1. Someone to build and install bluebird houses.
2. Someone to put our purple martin house on a tall pole (any bird folk out there who can help?)
3. Someone to build and install a new wooden fence around the children’s garden.
4. Someone into shade ornamentals who can donate and/or beautify a space under our hickory tree so we don’t have to continue to mow there.
There’s more but you get the idea. Your help on any of these quick projects would help so much!