New Educational Facility At Crabtree Farms To Promote Improved Teaching, Learning, And Fellowship Opportunities

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crabtree Farms broke ground on April 15, on the Evelyn Davenport Navarre Educational Building, an onsite facility which will house educational programs, events, community meetings, and more.  The project, which is scheduled for completion by the fall, was funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Chrysalis Foundation, the Community Foundation, and private donations. 

Crabtree Farms is a non-profit organization established in 1998 whose mission is to connect Chattanoogans with our local foodshed. Its urban teaching farm, at 1000 East 30th Street in Chattanooga, hosts Farm-To-School visits for local youth, volunteer opportunities, workshops, and adult education programs.  Through tours and hands-on demonstrations of farming and gardening, Crabtree Farms teaches the importance of healthy living and sustainable agriculture. With a focused learning environment in the new educational building, Crabtree will have a more inviting space to facilitate programs, enhancing educational opportunities for Chattanoogans of all ages.

“We already have big plans for the new facility,” said Andrea Jaeger, Programs coordinator for Crabtree Farms. “It will provide a comfortable space for our volunteers and visitors to relax, learn, and socialize on the farm, and we want to invite our community to make use of the space as well.”

The 2,496-square-foot building will feature a demonstration kitchen, restrooms, a dining and community room, and a covered porch. The building can be reserved for meetings, weddings, parties, and corporate dinners, which will help Crabtree Farms cover its overhead costs of managing the facility. Reservations can be made starting this summer.  Fundraising events for the farm and Crabtree’s education and outreach programing, such as the annual Spring and Fall Plant Sales and The 100 Dinner, will be held rain or shine in the facility. 

Crabtree Farms continues to seek funding and support from the community for the building project.  Donations can be made online at www.crabtreefarms.org or by check payable to Crabtree Farms.


Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga: TN Aquarium Adventure Canoe on S. Chick Creek June 25 Join Outdoor Chattanooga and the TN Aquarium for a Canoe Adventure on Sat., June 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dr. Bernie Kuhajda of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) and Outdoor Chattanooga's guide staff will lead this one-of-a-kind canoeing ... (click for more)

Lula Lake Land Trust Changes Nonprofit Filing Status

Lula Lake Land Trust announced on Friday that it has changed its IRS nonprofit 501(c)(3) filing status from private foundation to public charity. Lula Lake Land Trust continues to operate as a tax exempt charitable organization with the best interests of Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga in mind. “Going from private foundation to public charity will help us grow and be a vital ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

Bridge Repair Over 12th Street To Cause Temporary Lane Closure On US 27

While investigating a pothole in the bridge on U.S. 27 North over 12 th Street in the construction zone, crews discovered a potential weak spot in the bridge deck that could over time result in more damage to the bridge deck.  For the safety of the traveling public, the outside lane in this area will be closed until the contractor makes necessary repairs, TDOT officials ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (2)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Story You Won’t See

In a puzzling time when the big daily newspapers have veered strongly away from “all the news that is fit to print,” allow me to share a story that you very likely will not see on CNN, ABC News, or in the big media conglomerates that influence the way you think, the way you react and – as a result – easily warp our common senses. This story is very true. Late last Sunday afternoon, ... (click for more)