Community gardens host tour and dinner

DeKALB – DeKalb County Community Gardens is preparing for two big events this weekend.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the group will host its first Harvest Garden Tour, and the next day Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, will host a local flavors dinner fundraiser for the gardens.

“There will be different things at different gardens (on the tour),” said Dan Kenney, co-coordinator of DeKalb County Community Gardens. “At the Mayor’s Garden at 9 a.m. we hope to kick it off with a dedication by (DeKalb mayor) John Rey and we’ll also have a community mural for people to paint on.”

The Mayor’s Garden is at South Fifth and Franklin streets in DeKalb. Attendees can purchase garden tour and raffle tickets there, and get maps to the nine other gardens that will have displays that day.

Community gardens volunteers operate 40 gardens on 10 acres of land, and have harvested 4 tons of food so far this growing season.

“We are averaging about 1,000 pounds a week that we deliver to the food pantries and senior centers,” Kenney said.

The self-guided tour will operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and some gardens will feature light refreshments made from produce harvested at that garden. Each garden will feature a mural made by children at the Sycamore Art Attack.

Sunday’s fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tapa La Luna will be the second local flavors meal, featuring healthy meals prepared by the chefs at Tapa La Luna from fresh vegetables harvested in community gardens and from other local growers. Craig Mathey will provide live music.

For more information on the harvest tour, visit the DeKalb County Community Gardens page on Facebook or call Kenney at 815-793-0950. Tickets are $10.

To make reservations for the local flavors dinner fundraiser, call Tapa La Luna at 815-217-0990. Tickets are $45 and all proceeds will benefit the community gardens.

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