A feast of thanks
My name is Eden Vardy, and I am writing on behalf of Aspen T.R.E.E., Together Regenerating the Environment through Education.
I would like to respond to the recent letters to the editor about our Early Bird free community feast (on Nov. 24), and extend my deepest heartfelt gratitude to the great folks of our community who actually made this event possible.
Together we fed more than 600 people all locally grown, all organic food for free, and were able to do so because of generous contributions from our local community, and as importantly by countless hours donated by volunteers.
We actually did pay the local farmers for the food we served (though most farmers offered to donate), as this event was about supporting community, and they are the backbone of it. The many generous donations we received from those who attended helped to reimburse those costs.
I would especially like to thank Hillside Acres, Peach Valley CSA, Wildwood Ranch, Jack Reed, The Other Side LLC, Sustainable Settings, CRMPI, Osage Gardens, Hazel Del Mushrooms, Rock Bottom Ranch, and Rendezvous Farm. To put it simply, we ate that night because of their efforts. Most of these folks sell produce year-round, and I encourage everyone to look them up and work to relocalize our food shed!
I would also like to thank all the fabulous people who donated to our silent auction, and to the Aspen Club, the Mascotte family, Slow Foods, Clark’s Market, Toppers, the Snowmass Club, Dana Lilah, Louis Swiss, French Pastry, and Sabra Falafel for donating their time, money and kitchen space.
Thank you to the 33 volunteers, particularly Alie Wetstein, Erin Stafford, Chris Erickson, Jordana Loeb, Dalia and Itzahk Vardy, and of course Shannon Jones and River Morgan.
Most importantly, thanks to the Roaring Fork Valley community for coming out and sharing this amazing evening with us! It takes all of us to build a strong community and make a difference, and all the folks that showed up on that night proved that it is fairly easy – and tasty! We look forward to hosting some local, organic events throughout the year and hope we can continue to come together as a community.
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