‘Local Flavors Harvest Dinner’ planned Sept. 22

DeKalb County Community Gardens logoA “Local Flavors Harvest Dinner” is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, to support the work of the DeKalb County Community Gardens.

The fundraiser at Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Hwy., will feature a menu using produce and meat from DeKalb County. Craig Mathey will provide music.

Tickets are $45 each, and seating is limited. Call (815) 217-0900 for reservations. Those who cannot attend but would like to make donations can mail checks payable to DeKalb County Community Gardens to P.O. Box 348, DeKalb, IL, 60115.

In its second season, the DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) operates more than 40 sites around the county and has raised more than five tons of food for food pantries, senior citizen living facilities the Voluntary Action Center and Feed’em Soup.

Group members work to close the food gap in DeKalb County, striving to provide the means for people to meet their own need by growing their own food and ending dependency.

DCCG has installed gardens at the DeKalb and Sycamore elementary schools, Conexión Comunidad and vacant lots owned by the cities of DeKalb and Genoa, as well as a large acreage with the Town of Cortland and Ideal Industries. Vegetables have been grown on more than 10 acres of land. DCCG has also formed more than 60 partnerships and sponsorships over the past year.

Because group members also hope to train and employ some residents who are without work – the goal is to establish a sustainable agricultural training center on a farm in DeKalb County that would provide food as well as a path to a livelihood for many – they need money for a tractor and equipment as well as the donation or purchase of a farm.

For more information, email dkenney53@hotmail.com.

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