Celebrate at Alan Day Community Garden on June 17. Everyone is welcome

NORWAY — The annual “Light the Garden” fundraiser party and silent auction will be held at the Alan Day Community Garden (ADCG), at 26
Whitman Street in Norway, on June 17 from 6-9 p.m. The party will include delicious appetizers, beer from Norway Brewing Company, wine, and a great selection of silent auction items with something for everyone. Garden lights, flowers, food, and fun with new and old friends is our traditional way of celebrating another year at the community garden. The party will feature music by The Cobblestones.

The ADCG is a volunteer-driven community gathering place that provides affordable, local food access, with the vision “Our community thrives
because all people are valued and nourished through meaningful connections and healthy, affordable food.” ADCG provides free and subsidized local food, hosts SNAP-Ed cooking classes, and gladly accepts SNAP EBT during their Farmers’ Market.

This summer the Farmers’ Market will be held on Friday evenings from 5-8 p.m., July 7 to August 25, and will feature live music, wood-fired pizza by donation, a food truck, variety of vendors, and Power of Produce kids club and activity tent. It’s a wicked fun time. ADCG’s Youth Leadership Program, in collaboration with MSAD 17’s Roberts Farm Experiential Learning, is a day camp that teaches kids how to grow, harvest, and cook healthy meals, the importance of community resilience, provides science-based learning opportunities, and provides leadership opportunities – returning youth leaders have the opportunity to apply for paid internship positions at ADCG.

Over the past year, a new kitchen was built at the Community Garden, to host more SNAP-Ed cooking workshops and to provide a year-round learning classroom for local schools and youth groups. The kitchen will be open to the community for those who want to develop value-added products and process vegetables. The kitchen will also be the home of Foothills Foodworks, to continue to provide meals with locally-sourced foods throughout Oxford County. Foodworks offers free meals at ADCG throughout the summer, available to anyone who eats. Call ADCG for more information about the meal schedule.

Light the Garden party is an opportunity to support all of these programs and the mission of improving community health, access to nutritious foods, youth education and leadership, and building our local food system. The sliding scale entrance fee is $50-$20 for the evening. Please park at the Grange Hall, behind Fare Share Coop, or Longley Square parking lot. Come celebrate in the gardens and support a great cause, under the pavilion at 26 Whitman Street, Norway. For more information: 207-346-0708.

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