Bar Marco can’t get out of the news these days, ever since they announced they’ll be doing away with accepting tips in place of paying their employees a $30k+ wage with benefits. Bar Marco, and owner Bobby Frey, have always had a bigger vision for the restaurant than just being an amazing restaurant. One way they are making a difference in the community is through their “no menu Monday” events when a local non-profit is selected to receive all proceeds from an entire evening’s meal. The “no menu” part comes through the collaboration with other local chefs on these special evenings. Each non-profit selects a chef willing to donate his or her time to prepare a one time selection of dishes to raise money. On Feb. 2nd Garfield Farm will be working with Chef Chad Townsend and chef Dan Robinson to create an amazing evening of great food. Check out the event page here and make a reservation! There’s no extra cost, just come eat some amazing food and enjoy an evening out!
A BIG thank you to all of you who donated toward our alternative gift campaign! We’ve learned that some of you have not received the beautiful card that is to be emailed to you when you donate. This is the card that you can then give as a gift to someone stating your donation made in their name. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need us to email you the card.
Support Garfield Community Farm by selecting one of our “alternative gift options.” You can donate money for a new fruit or nut tree, a subsidized CSA share for a local family, seeds for the coming growing season, money to support our internship program, etc. This year we’ll be planting hazelnuts, raspberries and seaberries around the farm. We’ll also be hiring interns from the neighborhood and from local colleges to work the farm and learn about urban permaculture. Please consider a gift to help us with these things. You can donate in someone’s name and we’ll provide a downloadable PDF card for you to give them.
This is an excellent short film about the book “Sacred Economics” written by Charles Eisenstein. Watch it! Sacred Economics
This year’s fall festival will rival last year’s with food from some amazing chefs, home-brewed beer with GCF hops, cider pressing, games, homemade pies, and more. Contact john at pghopendoor.org to enter this year’s best pie contest. First prize is a $100 gift card to Spoon in East Liberty with prizes for second and third place too! Tickets will be available at the door on the 19th. Pre-Register and reserve your spot at the part! https://squareup.com/market/the-open-door-church
Well, school is starting, summer crops have been in full production for over a month, our CSA shares are plentiful and everybody is planning for the fall. Even though the seasons are changing and our daily routines are changing, the needs at the farm remain. Every Thursday night volunteers gather at the farm to work in the gardens so they can be more productive as each season goes by. Come up to the farm between 5:30 and about 8pm every Thursday through the fall to help us prepare the gardens for our fall harvests.
This year’s farmer’s market is off to a great start. We’re harvesting plentiful crops every Wednesday morning and setting up the market from 3:30 to 7:30 every Wednesday through the summer at Valley View Church in Garfield, 601 N. Aiken Ave. Please come up and support the farm and try something new from your neighborhood farm.
– Sunday, May 4th at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave. in the morning during the marathon.
– Saturday, May 10th at the Friendship Folk and Flower Festival in the Friendship neighborhood at Baum Grove from 11am until about 2pm.
– Sunday, May 18th at Memorial Park Church after each of three worship services.
Check out the link for details on all of our heirloom varieties!
Over the past few days we’ve been working outside of a town called Quernavaca at an orphanage where about 25 boys live. It’s located at the top of a mountain and is surrounded by pine forests. Our team worked to create a small garden with a group of about 8 boys and we revamped the rabbit hutch and chicken coops. The boys were amazing to work with, all very excited and determined to grow some of their own food. I only wish we could spend more time there to teach more and see the crops grow. One boy, Omar, is very excited about the garden and already quite knowledgable about plants and growing. It seems the lives of these young men are being transformed by the care they are receiving at the orphanage and from each other. They are also working to transform the dry, hard packed land that needs restoration to create a productive garden.