First ever SeptemberFest is Sept. 13

Aug 19, 2014
Photo by: Donated SEPTEMBERFEST — Paul Nelson will talk about the relationship between gardening and community in her culture at the first ever SeptemberFest on Sept. 13.

The Daydreamz Project is sponsoring the first ever SeptemberFest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Green Thumb Garden in back of the Old Armory, located at 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. This event will celebrate the harvest and community gardening and preservation in the Waynesville/ Haywood County area.

SeptemberFest will feature Cherokee storyteller Paula Nelson. Nelson is a singer, poet, writer, dancer and one of the chief preservationists of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. She combines storytelling, lecturing and singing to bring Cherokee culture to life and show how all people can learn and benefit from the wisdom of her people. She will be teaching about the relationship between gardening and community in her culture and how thriving gardens really do create thriving communities.

There will be food, fun, kids’ activities, music, raffle, local vendors and information about gardening, beekeeping, composting, vermiculture and sustainability. There will be a tour of the Frog Level area community gardens and more.
Come learn about the numerous community gardens in the county and organic sustainable gardening in general, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Grace Episcopal Church, one of the festival’s sponsors, will take festival-goers on a tour of their community garden. On church grounds below the Memorial Garden, an ever-growing garden supplements the Grace Church Food Pantry, an emergency food agency that currently serves 340 families, comprised of approximately 900 individuals, who are food insecure.

Organic from its inception, the pantry garden started with a grant from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Association. The current 500 square-foot garden includes four 4x16 foot raised beds, a permanent asparagus bed, blueberry bushes and a pumpkin patch. Crops can be grown year round.

Through the Daydreamz Project, artists and volunteers utilized the tools and materials that were readily available to start the Green Thumb Garden, most often recycling, repurposing and re-visioning. They work in a variety of creative modes from collage to murals, from masks to giant street puppets, from senior computer classes to youth videos, and from planting seeds of hope to planting community gardens.

For more information about the upcoming SeptemberFest, volunteering for any number of local community garden projects, or the Daydreamz Project, email greenthumbgarden.waynesville@gmail.com, or call 246-4485.

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