As chilly days approached with speed, we managed to squeeze in a warm celebratory event at the Farm. During our last farm stand in OCtober, we held a Harvest Party for community members as well as Farm staff and volunteers. We wanted the community’s season-long questions to be answered, to showcase our produce as well as our chefs’ artisan cooking skills with our produce, and have everyone understand the relationship between the building and the farm (and its potential).
We kicked off the Harvest Fest around 4pm with accordion music provided by Sam Johnson. at 5pm, the music switched up to some fabulous live Jazz (saxophone and bass) by Joe Smith and Company. While this fabulous live music played, we offered farm-fresh produce for sale at our farm stand and also a complimentary sampling of farm produce-based dishes made by Kristi at Gigi’s Cafe.
Alongside the fantastic food and produce, the Farm building and Farm were open for touring. We were sampling various kinds of apples and freshly-pressed apple cided on the northside of the farm. Throughout the farm, people perused our permaculture desing and polyculture beds, asking questions, making suggestions and commenting, “Wow! It is much larger than it looks from the street!”
Inside the farm building, we collected neighborhood input on the future of the farm building space. Sinve we are in the process of designing what business/organization should compliment the farm and live in the farm space, we wanted to make sure we collected as much information as possible from community members. We asked, “What do you want to see in this space?” And, “What services are needed in this areas and what types of classes do you want to see here?” We received the input of over 40 members, from ages 5 on up.
With all of the food, music, and farm tours, people lingered around well after dark. Since we had no external nor internal lighting, we merrily picked up the party remnants, reflecting over the positive energy embodied in the Longfellow community and how it was rooted in the farm from that evening onwards. we hope to implement some of the community farm ideas into the farm site for 2014. Before then, we’ve got a farm to put to sleep. Winter is blowing in.