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Yellows and reds speckle the trees, the air is crisp, and the smell of fresh baked goods warms your heart. Autumn is on its way with its sea of colors and abundance of delicacies, too. In addition to pumpkin flavored goodies, autumn also means collecting the bounty we have so diligently toiled over during the summer months. It has been customary throughout human history to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest, regardless of size. On Saturday September 20th, from 10am-2pm, we’ll be giving thanks, sharing knowledge, and having some fun at UUFP. Using Interfaith Power and Light’s Sow a Cool Harvest as our guide the Green Sanctuary Committee has planned a fantastic afternoon and we hope you’ll attend. So what is in store for the September 20th Harvest Celebration?
- Seed Saving: Information, a seed saving demonstration, and the opportunity to collect your own seeds from the plants that were organically grown right on the UUFP grounds.
- Winterized Garden Cover: An example of an easy DIY garden cover that will project your crops and allow you to keep growing your own food through the winter.
- Food Preservation: After laboring all summer you don’t want any bit of your harvest to go to waste. We’ll have information on canning, an example of the finished product, and tools of the trade.
- Nature Conservancy: Nancy Beach from the Nature Conservancy, one of the recipients of our share the basket program, will be at the celebration to talk about the role agriculture plays in conservation. As well as, answer any questions you may have about the Nature Conservancy and their mission. This is a great opportunity to come out and learn about what our gifts are supporting the Nature Conservancy.
- Children’s Craft: Our very own Navigators USA Chapter 58 will be working with the children to build reusable grocery bags out of old t-shirts.
- If you have any old t-shirts currently cluttering your dresser drawers, please let them go, and bring them this Sunday to the RE room so the children can transform them into useful grocery bags.
- Mabon Ritual: Gratitude for the bounty the earth provides is often a spiritual practice. Members of UUFP’s EarthRising will lead a gratitude ritual for those interested in attending.
- Nourish: Showing of the 30 minute DVD that “reveals the many ways that food connects to our environment, our health, and our communities”.
- Potluck and Organic Homebrew Beer Raffle: After Nourish we will nourish ourselves with a potluck and raffle off two, possibly three, 6 packs of organic home brewed beer!
- All adults 21 and older that attend the showing of Nourish will be given a raffle ticket, if they would like one, when they enter the sanctuary for the movie.
- If you’ll be attending the potluck please sign up here: http://www.luckypotluck.com/potluck/UUFPHarvestCelebration
Please join us September 20th, from 10am to 2pm, for Food, Fun, Knowledge, and Fellowship!