At our high school, we have 22 raised garden beds that grow food for our cafeterias. While we were able to start this with grant money, we still need to raise funds every year to keep the gardens growing. This year, we held our first annual community event to help raise money for the gardens. Over 200 people came to the event. Many of the Program Advisors of our schools helped organize the event while we assisted in participating and helping at the event. It was a night filled with fun filled booths, contests, and raffles! Some of the booths were student led organizations just like our group, and others were local businesses that wanted to get their names out there.
One of the contests was a cooking competition featuring 6 different teams who presented their plates to 7 local “celebrity” judges. The cooked items had to include our “harvest of the month vegetable,” Brussel Sprouts. Our high school FUTP 60 team came up with a pretty unique recipe. We made a sweet potato and Brussel Sprout burger. We got a thumbs up from a local chef as well (recipe below).
The gym was filled with vendors and activity stations. A few of the activities included a half-court shot where you could win free subs and shooting free throws with our school’s shooting machine. We also had a FUTP 60 relay obstacle course, which the kids were all over. The kids were so competitive which made it so fun!
There was a bunch to offer when it came to raffles. There was so many local businesses that gave the people a good chance to win some raffles. The successful event raised over $2,500 for our Kewaskum School District Garden Program.
Andrew & Courtney