AKA Bistro Hosts Community Garden Fundraiser

Oct 22, 2012

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“Can U Dig It?”

This is the title for the Pasadena Community Garden Conservancy’s first fundraiser on November 4th.

One of the founding members of the Conservancy is AKA Bistro proprietor Robert Simon “who has designed a menu for the event to showcase local produce, wines, meats, and fish.”

Eileen Read, PCGC President and CEO, explains that “more than 30 longtime Pasadena residents who are proud of their fruit and vegetable gardens were alarmed at the city director of public health’s announcement last year that 66,000 residents live in ‘food deserts’ without access to healthy fruits and vegetables.”

In response, this group decided to form a community garden foundation “designed to encourage, steward, and sustain a community garden movement in Pasadena—with particular emphasis on working with the city government and with grassroots community groups to build gardens in areas of dense multi-family housing north of the 210 Freeway—where grocery stores and gardens currently are scarce.”

Read states that the model for this mission is the Altadena Community Garden, which has been “going strong” since the early 1970s. Members pay just $70 a year.

At the November 4th fundraiser, the Conservancy will award the first Community Gardening Awards to John Muir High School’s Muir Ranch Community Sponsored Agriculture project, Harambee Ministries’ Harambee Community Garden in Northwest Pasadena, and PCG’s community garden in Southwest Pasadena.

Proceeds from the night’s event will go toward four initiatives: grants of $5,000 and up to community groups to help build gardens in areas of greatest need throughout the city; an annual PCG gathering for sharing ideas and techniques, seed and plant sales, and growing and cooking demonstrations; publication of a “How to Start a Community Garden in Pasadena” booklet; and a community education and e-communications project.

Pasadena Community Garden Conservancy’s 1st Annual Fundraiser
Sunday, Nov. 4th
AKA Bistro, 41 Hugus Alley
Tickets are $225 per person.
Please call Eileen Read at 202.641.0779 or email her at eileenwhiteread(at)
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