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Aspen T.R.E.E. seeks volunteers for community meal

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Aspen T.R.E.E. will host its annual Community Meal at Hotel Jerome this year and is looking for volunteers for the free farm-to-table dinner.

Aspen T.R.E.E. (Together Regenerating the Environment through Education) is holding the eighth annual Community Meal, sponsored by the Ditto Dreman Memorial Fund, at the Jerome on Nov. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The organic, locally sourced meal, served family style by volunteers, showcases the bounty of the region. About 80 percent of the entire menu comes from food producers located between Aspen and Silt, with the remaining 20 percent coming from the North Fork Valley. Eighty-five percent of the greens and herbs in this year's meal were grown on the Aspen T.R.E.E. FarmPark at Cozy Point — a 50 percent increase from last year. The only non-local items in the meal are salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Besides demonstrating the promise of eating local, the Community Meal also offers an opportunity to come together before the busy winter season and enjoy a good meal along with each other's company. The event also includes children's activities, live music, a silent auction and ways to learn more about Aspen T.R.E.E.'s sustainable food-shed efforts.

"I believe that happiness comes from connection, whether that's connection with other people, to the land or our food and where it comes from," Aspen T.R.E.E. Executive Director Eden Vardy said in a statement. "When we feel connected, we care."

The Community Meal typically draws hundreds of people throughout the evening. Much help is needed to prep, greet and serve. Volunteer shifts are available beginning Nov. 19 through the night of the meal. Email aspentree volunteers@gmail.com to find out more and commit to a shift.

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To sponsor the event or for any other questions, contact Vardy at 970-379-2323 or info@aspen-tree.org.

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