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- What is Veggiestock?When: Saturday, June 4th 10am-2pm
What: Veggiestock is a FREE annual food and garden festival presented by the Windham Community Food Network. This is an opportunity for local artisans, musicians, non-profits and food vendors to share their talents with our community while promoting the underutilize garden spaces at Lauter Park.
- Seed and Seedling GiveawayWhen: While supplies last
What: Perhaps the most popular component of Veggiestock is the seed and seedling distribution. The Windham Community Food Network believes everyone should have the opportunity to grow their own food. This is why we distribute FREE seeds, seedlings and compost to attendees. Vegetable, fruit and flower seeds/plants are given on a first come first serve basis. Bring your own bucket to pick up some compost while you’re at it too!
While it’s not mandatory we ask anyone who receives these free resources to participate in our Plant-A-Row program. If you have any extra produce you’ve grown donate it back to us at our Community Fridge location at Whitewater Park on Bridge St, Willimantic. Your donations will be used to feed community members in need.
- Thread City Family and WAIM Gardens TourWhen: 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm
What:The Grow Windham Youth CORE will lead a tour of their garden, established in 2016. This is where they grow fruits, vegetables, and edible fungi for the Windham community. Through a variety of methods–some experimental, some time-tested–the Windham Youth CORE, GROW Windham,and many volunteers all provide opportunities for the community to prep, plant, and take root. A garden coordinator facilitates the participation of groups from local schools, universities, places of worship, organizations, and individuals in order to maximize networking and the community of urban farming practice. The food produced at the Thread City Family Garden benefits many in the area, donated to the Community Table project, and used by the Windham Youth CORE in their Sofrito and hot sauce production.
The Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) Community Garden was “created” in 1993 as a communal organic garden space for people who had no other place to exercise their growing heritage, or simply produce vegetables as a supplement to their diets or income.
Today, it consists of two sections: the “Upper Half” (90’ x 175’) is divided into twenty-four 20’x20’ plots for individual gardeners to cultivate. The individuals have full control over where the yield from their plots goes.
The lower portion of the garden (70’x100’) is the “Communal Half” — a large vegetable garden maintained by volunteers, the produce from which is donated to the Covenant Soup Kitchen and the ACCESS food bank.
- Eminence Ink’s DIY Tie-Dye StationWhen: 10am-2pm
What: Eminence Ink has generously sponsored a DIY Tie-Dye Station at Veggiestock with all of the proceeds benefiting the Windham Community Food Network.
Bring something from home and make your own tie-dye for just $3! Don’t have anything you’d like to make psychedelic? No worries! $5 gets you a bandana or $10 a reusable bag and time to tie-dye.
- WAIM’s Clothing Swap
What: Our neighbors at WAIM are hosting a clothing swap table! This is an opportunity for you to bring in clothes you no longer wear and trade them in for something else you will. & if there’s nothing in your closet you’d like to part with you can purchase each item of clothing just $1. Whatta steal!
All of the proceeds of the swap will benefit the Windham Area Interfaith Ministries
What: Enjoy lunch from food trucks, play the garden game with the Willimantic Food Co-op, challenge your friends to a game of cornhole, basketball or soccer, show off your moves at the skate and bmx park, take pictures for instagram in our “Veggiestock” photobooth, bring your bathing suit to enjoy the beach and splash pad, pet some puppers! The possibilities are endless!