A community feasts and celebrates their harvest and enjoys a night to remember to fundraise for the food pantry and Meals on Wheels. There was live music, cocktail and appetizer hour, and Dan Bucher from the Creamery made prime rib and local favorite GIGI who used to own Grits and Grace Cafe in Pleasant Hill made her famous desserts. There was a bounty of food and then some to go around as community gardeners gathered to celebrate their harvest.
Megan Klotz said, “I still can’t get over how fantastic our first ever Community Garden Farm to Table dinner went Saturday night. The food, music, and atmosphere were excellent! I can’t wait for us to host this event again next year. For those who missed this year’s dinner, I truly hope you come out next year as it does not disappoint! This was a fundraiser dinner to help further support our garden to continue to feed our garden members, local food pantry, and Lay Clergy.”
As the attendees walked in the door, they were met beautifully set tables with white tables clothes and a chandelier made from tomato cage and flowers from the garden hanging from the ceiling.
It all started with a dream. A dream to collaborate with others in a community in the art and science of growing food and bringing people in the community together.
Starting in the Spring of 2019, the Pleasant Hill Community Garden was organized by a Community Garden Committee. “There have been countless hours spent by many to plan and implement the Pleasant Hill Community Garden”, according to the website.
This community garden is located at the corner of Myrtle and Lexington and the type of garden that is being grown is called a Group Production Garden which is when individuals come together to share the tasks of growing food that will be distributed among the fellow member gardeners. Food that is not used by the gardeners is donated to the Pleasant Hill Food Pantry. No food is canned or stored but used immediately or donated to the community.
The garden is a half an acre large and divided into zones with teams with leaders. These teams care for their zones and all the fruits of the labor are shared.
Along with food, the gardeners also grow flowers and herbs.
More information can be found about the community garden at www.parksrecsports.com under the recreation programs link.