What: UV COLOR SPLASH 5K IS COMING TO ASHEVILLE
Where: ASHEVILLE OUTLET MALL, 800 BREVARD Road
When: OCTOBER 8TH, 2017
TLA grows organic produce and donates 100 percent of it to food pantries, community lunches, share markets and job training and wellness programs, reaching underserved communities throughout the Asheville area.
Since 2009 they have donated 125,360 pounds of fresh, organic produce equaling 334,293 servings of food valued at more than $300,000.
In 2016 alone, more than 500 volunteers, including 26 community groups found a space to learn and work, contributing over 2,800 hours of service to benefit the Asheville community. Since 2009 that number is almost 15,000 hours and continues to grow.
Direct Link to Register: http://www.tempotickets.com/uvashevillenc
Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/703975639786933/
Time and Schedule:
5:30 PM is Packet Pick-Up and On Site Registration:
While you’re waiting for the dash to start, make sure you say hello to the vendors, get your groove on in the DJ Dance Party, enter drawings and contests, and much more! This is a family friendly event, so all ages, shapes & abilities are invited to participate.
7:00 PM Ready! Set! Go!
Bring your tennies, laughter, and energy to The Color Dash 5k fun-run/walk. Start with a white shirt and get doused with an array of glowing colors at each kilometer. Walk, dash, sprint or Rock n’ Roll, whatever your method, just let the color move you.
8:30 PM Stick around after the dash for the Color Explosion!
Party it up at the after party, and on the count of 3,2,1 throw the remaining color up in the air and let it rain down as we celebrate our victory for the Lord’s Acre!
The Lord’s Acre started out as a group of local folks who were interested in making a difference for those in their community who did not have fresh, nutritious food readily available.
Now in its ninth season, The Lord’s Acre is a diverse and open community of volunteers who grow and give away organic food.
This film documents the transformative experience of serving as a garden intern with The Lord’s Acre.
It’s that time of year again–when the crops we’ve been tending are ready for harvest and the bounty is ready to be shared. Now in our ninth growing season, we’ve been growing and giving away food in this way since 2009. Our garden began as a small group of friends coming together in community to use the land for what it was intended. Naturally, we had fresh, organic food to share with those in need and have continued to find ways to interconnect our organization with others, helping to reach those in Western North Carolina in need of fresh, organic food to sustain them. Below, you’ll find a list of share markets we are providing produce through:
Blue Ridge Apartments, 108 N Blue Ridge Rd #A, Black Mountain, NC 28711
St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711
10:30 – Free Class – Gentle Movement/Yoga
11:15 – Health and Wellness Lesson
12:00 – Food Distribution
Children and Friends, 3126 US-70, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(Open to daycare families)
Charles D. Owen Middle School Parking Lot
730 Old US HWY 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778
4:15 – Healthy Cooking Class
5:00 – Food Distribution
Black Mountain Elementary School
100 Flat Creek Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711
3:45 – Health and Wellness Lesson in cafeteria
4:30 – Food Distribution
We share harvest with Green Opportunities as well and their Southside Kitchen, which provides free community lunch at their space in Asheville, NC and is open to all, Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm.
Our work is not done to detract from the wonderful variety of farmers and gardeners in the area who grow and sell their harvest at farmer’s markets or through CSA’s. We hope to fill a needed gap from the emergency food system and SNAP/EBT benefits to ensure that fresh, organic food is available to those who cannot readily afford it. It’s important now more than ever that come together as community to connect and share with one another. As you may have heard us mention before, “There are many types of hunger. Everyone is hungry for something and everyone has something to give.” ~Susan Sides
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!