Save the Date: June

  • Learn in LEAP's Community Gardens. On Tuesday, June 7, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at Morningside Urban Farm (adjacent to the LEAP-run Morningside Community Garden). Clean Valley Council will lead a workshop on how to build your own rain barrel. Each participant makes a barrel to take home during this class. For adults only. Click here to learn more and sign up.
  • And on Saturday June 11, from 1-2:45 pm, at Mountain View Community Garden. Roanoke Master Gardeners will lead a workshop, Tomatoes, The Good, Bad and Ugly, detailing the history of and best growing practices for tomatoes. Each participant takes a tomato plant home. Cost is $12. Click here to learn more and sign up.
  • Connect with Local Food Stakeholders. On June 9, from 9 am to 1 pm, the Roanoke Regional Food System Partnership will host an in-person, all partners meeting where a wide array of food system stakeholders will be able to network. Also on tap: a presentation of the progress that four working groups have made in the past months and a focus on a plan for moving forward. Registration has closed for this event. But if you're interested in connecting with the Roanoke Regional Food System Partnership in the future, reach out to
  • Round Up at Bloom restaurant and wine bar. For the month of June, every check brought to the table at Bloom has a line below the tip that asks diners to “round up.” At the end of the month, whatever money has been collected from Bloom patrons rounding up is tallied and sent to LEAP. Help spread the word to dine at Bloom in June — and round up for LEAP!
  • Cool Down for a Good Cause. On Wednesday, June 29 from 3 to 9 pm,  Chillin' Shaved Ice will set aside 100 percent of tips and 10 percent of sales as a donation to LEAP. Head to the parking lot beside the roundabout at Riverland Road and Bennington Street SE (just past the old Viscose Plant) and search for the bright green food truck. Sugar-free and dye-free flavors available. Let's nosh some ice and do some nice!
  • Thanks to everyone who came out for Grandin Village Farmers Market's Strawberry Jam. What a great day of smoothie making and strawberry eating! The market continues every Saturday morning through November 18. (Have you tried that trout? Have you sampled Field Day Juice Club's amazing elixirs?) Our next special event will be Tomato Fest on July 16. See here for a full list of Grandin Village Farmers Market events.
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