September 30th saw the Strathearn Community Hall hosting the first annual Harvest Dinner featuring veggies grown in the newly created Strathearn Community garden, live music, and a flower giveaway for guests.
After a busy spring and summer of planning, building, and growing the new Strathearn Community Garden, the garden members and Strathearn Community League celebrated their success with a potluck Harvest Dinner featuring live music, conversation, and delicious food. Members of the community garden prepared a spread of dishes with fresh local produce grown just steps away in the garden itself. These dishes were supplemented with roast turkey and drinks supplied through a Community Investment grant from the City of Edmonton. Open to all community members, both gardeners and residents, over 40 people enjoyed the meal and live musical performances by Dave von Bieker, Siobhan McKenzie-Uhuad, and Seonidh McKenzie-Uhuad.
Strathearn’s new community hall was filled with the smells of roasting veggies, turkey, and pies while the hall itself was decorated in a regalia of cozy fall items, festive food, and fall chrysanthemum flowers. These potted chrysanthemum flowers were offered up to guests to take home as a small gift from the community garden and community league to spread fall cheer and colour throughout the neighbourhood.
This first annual Harvest Dinner provided an opportunity for gardeners and community members to celebrate the success of the first garden season enjoying the fruits of their labour. With amazing food, great music, and good company, the evening was a memorable event to cap off the first year for the Strathearn Community Garden.