Ice Cream Social to Benefit Garden Mosaics Program

Saturday, July 20, 1-4 pm – We’ll do the scooping – you do the rest! And by that we mean make your own decadent sundae with local ice cream, sorbet and toppings donated by our generous suppliers and Wild Oats to support a worthy community cause – the Garden Mosaics Program in the North Adams Public Schools.

At the social we’ll be scooping ice cream donated by Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream of Greenfield, MA and SoCo Ice Cream of Great Barrington, MA, as well as sorbet donated by Blue Moon Sorbet of Quechee, VT. We will have toppings from Tierra Farm of Valatie, NY and Bola Granola of Great Barrington. We’ll also have homemade whipped cream, chocolate sauce and fruit toppings that are in season. The cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for children.

All proceeds from the social will go to benefit The Garden Mosaics Program, a partnership among the North Adams Public Schools service-learning program, the Growing Healthy Gardening Program, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Berkshire Food Project. The Mosaics Program began in Spring 2008 with the construction and installation of gardening beds at Drury High School in North Adams.

Jennifer Munoz, at a community garden site on River St. in North Adams, coordinates & facilitates the Garden Mosaics Program.

Jennifer Munoz from the Growing Health Garden Program has collaborated with the Mosaics program facilitators to coordinate planting, maintenance and harvesting activities at each of the sites, to weigh and document yields, and to ensure that gardens are harvested and maintained when student groups are not available. Service connections have included the donation of all harvested food to the Berkshire Food Project. Donations of fresh, organic produce from the Garden Mosaics Program have on average amounted to over 300 lbs. per year. Students have also designed, built and installed gardens at three community sites: Sperry Avenue, River Street and at the Berkshire Food Project.

Please come out and join us to support this local gardening initiative for North Adams youth, and have yourself a delicious treat while you do!