The closest most of us ever get to a farm is the produce aisle at our local grocery store. Sure, those beautifully waxed and picked pieces of fruit and vegetables were grown out of plants in the ground, but chances are they were shipped from thousands of miles away, losing many of the vital nutrients in the process -- that's not exactly farm-to-table, even if it does make its way into your mouth. To make it easier for residents to get their hands in the dirt -- we know, it is work -- there's the Dania Beach PATCH, short for People's Access to Community Horticulture. It's hosting a "Harvest Festival" Grand Opening Celebration for its community garden on Saturday.
The kid-friendly festival is bringing together locals to showcase the fruits -- and veggies -- of PATCH's labor by highlighting its GrowBag technology. The event will include cooking demos with partner FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth), live music, arts and crafts, vendors, a ribbon-cutting, and artist presentations. There is no cost to attend. It takes place Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dania Beach Patch is located at 1200 NW First St. in Dania Beach. Call 954-561-9681, or visit touchbroward.org.
Sat., Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 2014