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Press Release – Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest

September 10, 2012

From a Fair Food Matters press release….

10th annual Harvest Fest brings food, fun and family activities to Southwest Michigan

The 10th annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest will take place this year on Sunday, September 16 (rain or shine) from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Tillers International, 10515 East OP Avenue, Scotts, Michigan.

The Harvest Fest, a program of Fair Food Matters, is an annual, community-wide celebration of local food, local farming and sustainable living. Last year’s Harvest Fest drew an estimated 1,750 people.

This year’s event will focus on food justice and food sovereignty, and will feature keynote speaker Malik Yakini, whose presentation begins at 2 p.m. Yakini is executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, whose programs include the D-Town Farm (a seven-acre urban farm), the Food Warriors Youth Development Program, and the Ujamaa Co-op Buying Club, which gives Detroit residents an alternative method of buying high-quality food at below-retail prices. He was recently named one of five recipients of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.

The Music Tent will include entertainment from a number of local musicians, including The Celery City Sodbusters (“a mighty fine old-time band from Kalamazoo”) and Elisabeth Pixley-Fink, who will release her new album “Bloodroot” as part of the festivities, and lead attendees in a community art and gardening project.

In addition, Harvest Fest offers family tent activities throughout the day, local food vendors, food and farming demonstrations, and exhibitor tents featuring everything from information to artwork and artisanal goods.

Admission to Harvest Fest is $10 per carload, or $1 per person for busloads of 10 or more. Admission for bicyclists is free.

Any business, non-profit organization or individual can be a sponsor, exhibitor or program advertiser for Harvest Fest. In addition, event organizers are seeking volunteers to help on the day of the event. Sponsors for this year’s event include the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, Better World Builders, Four Elements Energy, Michigan Land Trustees, Michigan State University (Center for Regional Food Systems), Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance, People’s Food Co-op, Sawall Health Foods, Van Buren Conservation District and Wiltse Kitchens.

 

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