We would like to thank everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Harvest Hootenanny, including volunteers and sponsors for making the fundraiser event such a success. The event was held on Saturday, October 1st and over 650 people attended the harvest celebration at CCUA’s Urban Farm. Live music played while participants ate City Slicker BBQ chicken, Patchwork Bratwurst, Legacy Beef Burgers, Sunray Tempeh, Happy Hollow Salad, Uprise Bread, St James Wine, Broadway Brewery Beer, Chestnuts from MU Agroforestry, and many more local goodies. Participants walked through the interpretive farm while urban chickens clucked, city bees buzzed, and flowers blossomed. Live music and games kept Columbians of all ages entertained. A live and silent auction helped raise money to fund CCUA’s educational mission. A cooking class for eight with Sycamore’s Chef Mike Odette was sold at the live auction for $900! In total over $7,000 was raised to be used by the Center for its programming. This great event shared the harvest of CCUA’s Urban Farm and many other local growers bringing light to the importance of Columbia’s local food system and the vital role that farmers play in everyday life. The event’s coordinator Billy Polansky said “We would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and community members for making this event possible. Without this community support we would not have the capacity to carry out our educational programming.”
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