The Unity Gardens is a local organization designed to improve community health through increasing the awareness, availability, and accessibility of fresh produce. We accomplish this through supporting nearly 50 community gardens in growing and sharing food throughout St. Joseph County, Indiana.
In addition to growing food, Unity Gardens Inc. educates the community. The educational program covers growing, harvesting, preparing, and preserving fresh produce along with teaching about the benefits of eating healthy food. Unity Gardens enjoys broad support from the community: social justice advocates, food security groups, gardeners, and people passionate about healthy eating!
On National Food Day 2011, Unity Gardens held a soon-to-be annual event, "Taste of Unity Harvest Celebration" in honor of local chefs and local food.
Last year, the annual Unity Gardens Taste of Unity Harvest Celebration was a business -casual fund raising event highlighting area chefs serving tapas, and a silent auction. It is held at one of the Unity Gardens sites so that one of the Unity Gardens was also highlighted. This event not only increases the awareness of the benefits to locally grown food, but also offers businesses and community members the opportunity to support the ever-growing food movement in the northern Indiana area, growing community through Unity.
The event was very successful, hosting over 300 people from many walks of life. This year we will build on the success of last year, but will add the National Food Day tie in more directly. Through national exposure we hope to increase awareness of food issues and how changing the way we feed ourselves nourishes our community in a variety of other ways.
In the Michiana area, (north central Indiana and south central Michigan), please join us in celebrating National Food Day on Wednesday, Oct 24th from 4 to 8pm at the Jewish Federation 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46615.
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