Hill City Residents To Host Block Party To Benefit Community Garden

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Music, food, carnival games, face painting, and garden art are all part of the Hill City Block Party on Saturday, benefiting the Hill City community garden compost project.

With collaboration from Causeway and the The Muenster Truck, the Hill City Block Party will benefit efforts to enhance the community, reduce food waste, and educate folks about making sustainable lifestyle choices. All this will be accomplished through a community composting drop-off site using “Earth Tubs” – vessels that can provide 100 pounds of healthy soil for plants each day, resulting in nutritious produce for the community to enjoy.

Monika Groppe, a Hill City resident who is passionate about urban agriculture and sustainable living, pioneered the project, and reached out to Causeway – a local civic engagement hub – to help raise funds for the Earth Tubs.

She said, “Causeway has been an enormous help. Their staff offers continual support and suggestions to promote the cause and is ever ready to assist with groundwork and making connections. To make a garden analogy, they've been the organic fertilizer and compost to our garden, enriching and nourishing our ideas.”

The event will provide animation to the community garden as well as give attendees an opportunity to learn more about the compost project and donate towards the cause. The Muenster Truck, a local food truck serving scary good grilled cheese sandwiches, has been a strong advocate for the Hill City compost cause helping to raise 10% of funds so far, and will be at the block party on Oct. 12.

“We want Muenster Truck to be a part of improving the community around us.  Causeway and the Hill City Community Garden’s mission is in line with ours - to serve fresh food and also live thoughtfully,” said Guru Shah, owner of The Muenster Truck. “From our website to our presentation to the non-profits we align ourselves with, we closely associate our brand with thoughtfulness when making decisions – doing so makes this business fulfilling and serves the greater good.”

Residents outside of Hill City are encouraged to come and enjoy games, food, and music, as well as tour the garden. Rondell Crier, a well-known artist working to connect creativity and community engagement, will be facilitating a garden art project with participating kids during the event.

The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at  First Calvary Baptist Church, 300 W Bell Avenue. Admission is free. There will be $1 face painting, carnival games, henna tattoos, and more. The Muenster Truck sandwiches, Pure Sodaworks drinks, and King of Pops popsicles will be available for sale.


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