On Saturday October 27th, Montclair Community Farms held our first annual “Spoon-A-Thon: Seasonal Soup Celebration” for Food Day. Local restaurants served up soups made fresh from local ingredients. Visitors sampled the steamy soups from compostable cups and voted for their favorite with stones.
Montclair Community Farms is a collaboration of Essex County 4-H, HOMECorp, Montclair Health Department, Montclair State University, TerraNoble Landscape Design and United Way of Northern New Jersey. The Montclair Community Farms collaboration was established in 2010 as a youth farming program at Miller Street Farm to teach teens how to grow and sell vegetables. Montclair Community Farms launched a 3,000 square ft. site at the Montclair Historical Society, and the Spoon-A-Thon was a fun “friendraiser” event to get people connected to the urban farming cause.
Other activities at the celebration included tours of Montclair Historical Society homes and historic hearth cookery demos, tours of the new farm and chicken coop site, “Stone Soup” story time on colorful blankets, live acoustic music and a bicycle-powered blender. Friends and families gathered to celebrate good food and the newly-fledged partnership between Montclair Community Farms and Montclair Historical Society. Children were able to pet and feed the 3-week-old chicks hatched at local schools for the farm project.
As Jane Eliasof, Executive Director of The Historical Society, brightly put it, “The event had great spirit!” Indeed, the Spoon-A-Thon drew out a happy crowd of local folks and their kids. One little girl exclaimed, “This is the best chicken in the world!” as she held one of our chicks. We think so, too! With talks of beehives and a community learning space in the future, the farm at the Montclair Historical Society is bound to be an important place in a growing food-conscious community. For more information about the farm contact Emmanuela Mujica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Shaun Kennedy