Homegrown Food Festival turnout not as good as hoped

The Homegrown Lawrence Festival drew about 130 people Friday night at Abe and Jakes Landing in downtown Lawrence. The event was a grassroots effort to raise awareness about local food efforts and money for school gardens.

The event didn't draw nearly as big of a crowd as the year before when it was called "Our Local Food Fest" and held in Liberty Hall.

Brian Edie, one of the organizers, believes that "Late Night in the Phog" — which kicked off the Kansas University basketball season — may have been the biggest reason for the low turnout. The event took place at the same time as the festival, which included school garden presentations, high school short films, music and, of course, lots of food.

Those who attended the local food festival said they had a great time and hoped it returned again next year. Here are a few pics from the event:

Clockwise from back left, are Katie Hall, Kayla Gore, Laura Priest and Cheyenne Patton. They are involved in the Community and Learning garden at Free State High School. Priest, a teacher at FSHS, oversees the garden project which is in its first year.  They talked about the garden project during the Homegrown Food Festival on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Abe and Jake's Landing.

Clockwise from back left, are Katie Hall, Kayla Gore, Laura Priest and Cheyenne Patton. They are involved in the Community and Learning garden at Free State High School. Priest, a teacher at FSHS, oversees the garden project which is in its first year. They talked about the garden project during the Homegrown Food Festival on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Abe and Jake's Landing. by Karrey Britt

Luke Carlson, left, and his brother Tim Carlson, both of Lawrence, enjoy the food and music at the Homegrown Food Festival on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Abe and Jake's Landing.

Luke Carlson, left, and his brother Tim Carlson, both of Lawrence, enjoy the food and music at the Homegrown Food Festival on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Abe and Jake's Landing. by Karrey Britt

Josh Flones, 5, and his sister, Annika, 8, of Olathe, enjoy the Homegrown Food Festival.

Josh Flones, 5, and his sister, Annika, 8, of Olathe, enjoy the Homegrown Food Festival. by Karrey Britt

Alex Hurt, a seventh grader, and his sister, Anahita, a fifth grader, are involved in the garden project at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. There are about 40 students involved in the project, and they've sold $600 worth of produce at a nearby Lawrence farmers' market.  Produce from the garden also is making its way into the school cafeteria.

Alex Hurt, a seventh grader, and his sister, Anahita, a fifth grader, are involved in the garden project at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. There are about 40 students involved in the project, and they've sold $600 worth of produce at a nearby Lawrence farmers' market. Produce from the garden also is making its way into the school cafeteria. by Karrey Britt

Tagged: Homegrown Food Festival, Our Local Food Fest, local food

Comments

Marilyn Hull 7 years ago

Thanks for the gardener pic's! It is good to see some of the faces behind the gardens.

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