FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Urban Farmers and Maplewood School Garden Angels are scheduled to host a Community Recycling Event/Garage Sale/Southern Cuisine Sampler from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 18 at Lafayette Bait Store, 3511 S. Lafayette St.
The public is invited to come and learn about urban farming and sample the culinary pleasures and health benefits of fresh vegetables and “tasty” traditional dishes through the group’s special Southern Cuisine Sampler Plate. Additionally, the community will have the opportunity to support the Fort Wayne Urban Farmers’ efforts to serve people in need in the area.
“Your financial assistance will enable our not-for-profit organization to continue to grow fresh organic produce for low income senior citizens and impoverished families and children,” said Fort Wayne Urban Farmers Master Organic Gardener Ephraim Smiley.
He said the organization has developed a program to provide fresh produce to those groups through churches. Smiley said area churches already are being contacted through letters, inviting them to participate. Participating churches will be asked to assemble gleaner teams to come and collect vegetables from established Fort Wayne urban farms.
The May 18 event is designed to garner resources to support that project. For example, the public can purchase a Southern Cuisine Sampler Plate for $7, which includes fried fish or barbecued chicken, crowder or purple hull peas, collard greens, cornbread and sweet potato pie. Or, people can drop off “outdated” lawn mowers, garden tillers and other major appliances and receive a sampler plate.
Participating churches also are being asked to bring additional side dishes.
The garage sale part of the fundraiser will include small engines, garden tillers, lawn mowers and vintage bicycles, among other items.
For more information, contact Tony Truelove at (260) 456-1616.
This article originally appeared in our May 8, 2013 issue.