When: Saturday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m. Garden tours begin at 5 p.m.
Where: Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, 99 White Pine Drive, Black Mountain. $25; advanced tickets recommended. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 669-2052.
Why: A thriving garden exemplifies abundance. But when bean stalks spiral up trellises and zucchinis seem to grow by the hour, it’s important to remember that there are members of our community who go without food every day. Via the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden's Empty Bowls fundraiser, help share the bounty of summer with people struggling with food insecurity.
A national organization, Empty Bowls invites the public to enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, served in a ceramic bowl. In exchange for a set donation, participants can take their bowl home to savor the experience of helping those in need. Potter and garden volunteer Martha Nelson will handcraft each bowl as a reminder that food insecurity is a pressing problem in our region.
"Empty Bowls does an excellent job of bringing the community together to raise money and awareness around food security," says garden manager Diana McCall. "These events have been taking place around the world for 24 years, and we are excited to grow our event right here at the garden.”
Each year, the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden donates 4,000 pounds of fresh produce through the Black Mountain Welcome Table and the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries. Join with them to help fill the bowls and hearts of our neighbors who need it most.
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