Potluck July 31 at the Lake Trail Community School Garden

Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections invites you to join in celebrating the tradition of Lammas, the first harvest of the year.

YOU'RE INVITED TO join Lake Trail Community School Garden enthusiasts July 31 to celebrate Llamas

Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections invites you to join in celebrating the tradition of Lammas, the first harvest of the year.

You’re welcome to attend a free community potluck July 31 at the Lake Trail Community School Garden. Families, friends and neighbours, and anyone who loves fresh garden produce, are invited to come and sample the fertile bounty!

Lammas — the traditional festival of the first fruits — is the start of the grain harvest, which begins the season of abundance for Northern European peoples.

This is the time to start gathering in summer foods and preserving the garden produce. We mark this season with a feast in celebration of the gifts of the land.

The Community Demonstration Garden, founded in 2011, operates as an outdoor classroom for Lake Trail students and as a base for community outreach programs. The garden has square-foot and raised beds, a permaculture-inspired mandala or keyhole garden, a culinary herb spiral, edible landscaping plots and an orchard. Volunteers, including those wanting to learn more about gardening techniques or others with expertise to share, are always welcome to get involved.

The Lammas potluck happens July 31 between 5 and 8:30 p.m. in the community garden at Lake Trail Road and Willemar Avenue in Courtenay.

Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair, your own plates and cutlery, and food to share. There will be musical entertainment and a singalong with Kazimea Sokil, plenty of refreshments, and foods travelling from the garden directly onto your plate will be provided.

In case of rain, the event moves into the school building — look for signage on the side entrance.

For more information, or to join as a volunteer, contact laketrailvision@gmail.com, like us on Facebook, or visit the Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections website at www.laketrailconnect.ca.

— Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections

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