GROW Summer Fest, Sat. June 22

A Land Trust Fundraiser with a Difference

by Naruna Rangel

“GROW Summer Festival 2013” is an effort to promote and educate our local community about urban green spaces, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, conservation, health and wellness. Our goal is to bring together local artists, local like-minded businesses owners, and the community to raise money for the Land Trust. The festival is happening at the Land Trust on Saturday, June 22, from 2:00 – 10:00 pm.

I’m so grateful to know that there is a place 5 minutes from my house where I can re-connect with nature and re-charge. It is an example of a perfect urban green space, it should be a model for the nation! I live in Decatur and visit the LCCLT on a regular basis, and I feel like it’s time to give it back. The Festival will combine music and food with a new ingredient: workshops. Here is what we have lined up so far:

– “Traditional Food Preparation – Kombucha, Gluten-Free Grains, etc.” by Lupa Irie from Lupa`s Kitchen

– “Medicine in Your Own Backyard” by Duane Marcus from The Funny Farms

– “Urban Farming” by East Lake Urban Farm and ELF Market

– “Interactive Drumming” by @d.u.b.

– “Healthy Indian Cooking Demo” by Archna Malhotra Becker from Bhojanic Decatur

– “Raw Juicing Demo and Tasting” by Nectar Decatur

You’ll also enjoy live music by Pharaoh’s Kitchen with Col. Bruce Hampton, Escape Vehicle, D.U.B Drum Ensemble, The Mar-Tans, and many more local and kids’ bands. Farmer D of Farmer D Organics will speak about composting and his new book, and Josh Gerry will present a demonstration of “The Art of Glass Blowing.” Food prepared by the chefs of my restaurant, Nectar, will be served at the Gorilla Grill.

As always, volunteers are needed to make this event the best it can possibly be. Pitching in to help is the surest route to building and becoming community. Contact if you’d like to plug in for a two-hour timeslot.

Parking is available at Clifton Sanctuary at the corner of Connecticut and McLendon (a long-time supporter of the Land Trust). To lighten the impact on immediate Land Trust neighbors, please do not park on Arizona Ave.

Pre-purchase your tickets for $10 now at


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