Big Buzz a busy day for Elk Root Conservation Farm

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The founder of the Elk Root Conservation Society says she thought the farm’s open house would be a reasonably quiet affair when the first handful of people showed up for a guided tour of the grounds.

“But when I got back to pick up the second tour group, there were more than 40 people standing waiting in line!” says Kate Mizenka.

She says it didn’t let up for the rest of the four-hour event, with more than 250 people coming out for the tours alone. She considers this year’s Big Buzz! Community Festival a success.

“People really seemed to want to learn about what we’re doing here,” she says. “And people were excited to see kids learning about the environment in a fun way.”

The Vallican-area Elk Root Conservation Farm is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that works to promote ecological stewardship, wildlife conservation and habitat restoration. Its demonstration gardens have a variety of crops designed to enhance pollinators like bees, while showcasing sustainable farming techniques.

The family-friendly day saw all sorts of activities, from craft making to honey tasting, from picking out pumpkins for Hallowe’en to checking out the food vendors and dancing to live music.

Visitors also watched artist Tara Handelman do a live painting demonstration in the garden, which proved a very popular activity.

“We’ve also figured out people are absolutely obsessed with our gardens,” laughs Mizenka. She says Handelman raffled off the painting when it was completed.

The money raised from the day’s events will go to developing food gardens to enhance food security for the community’s most vulnerable members. Just how much was raised was still being tallied, said Mizenka.

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice