MORRISTOWN, NJ - Alfresco at the Farm was held Saturday, August 3 rd from 4-7 PM behind Lafayette Learning Center, home of the Morristown Board of Education. The event was presented by Grow it Green which is a nonprofit organization that creates sustainable farms and gardens to feed communities and educate people about healthy eating.
“Fresh and local food should be accessible to all," said Erica Colace, Executive Director of Grow It Green. “Over 300 people registered for today’s event and there are fun activities for kids to do while they are learning.”
“Grow It Green donates food to the Community Soup Kitchen and the Interfaith Food Pantry," added Colace. "We visit schools and educate kids about healthy food choices. We also invite classes to come and visit the farm as a field trip."
The activities for the day began with the distribution of passports to each child. Then, children
visited each of the six stations (Pollinator Paradise, Compost Critters, Pickle That, Farm Crafts, Play it Cool, GigM Table) where they could participate in specific hands on activities.
Phoebe and her dad Matt Myers, educated people on Monarch Butterflies.
”Watching and learning about Monarch Butterflies is a fascinating experience," Myers explained." In 2006, I went to Mexico to see where the Monarch Butterflies migrate to in August. It takes the butterflies 40 days to reach Mexico.”
In addition to fun hands on stations, kids could also participate in various relay races such as the potato sack race while the band “Wee Doggies” played bluegrass music. During the event, Morris School District teacher Joelle Diana received the 2019 Class Cultivator Award.
Peter Martinez, manager of Millie’s Old World Meatball and Pizza, served items from their
regular menu but also created specialty pizzas using the fresh vegetables from the local farm.
“We enjoy any opportunity where we can work with the community and interact with the
families that make up the communities", said Martinez.. "We have been part of this event for the past 6 years and we look forward to returning each year.”
Cheryl, a resident of Morristown, had two kids participating in the day’s events.
“We live in Morristown and look forward to this every year. It’s a great way for the kids to learn
while having fun,” added Cheryl.