The Gardenstock community did it again. Even with the hottest Gardenstock on record, the community came out to enjoy a day of art, music, and great food. They raised a record $18,000+ at the 7th annual art and music festival to benefit the Sinnissippi Youth Garden Program that focuses on gardening as a teaching tool for at-risk youth.
Social media teams hit new highs with a record, 41 Tie Dye contestants. Laken Lappin was the youngest Tie Dye Contest winner to date, receiving 47 votes during the contest. Social Media team actions resulted in the Gardenstock and Distinctive Gardens' Facebook pages collectively reaching over 60,000 people engaged in the festival online.
The new Food Court area offered cuisine tailored to the festival, including former Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill Chef, Mark Segura's wood fire grilled chicken and pork.
A highlight of the evening; Dirty Beet Brothers performed a video tribute to their fallen musician brother, Alan Repass with a heartfelt rendition of "Porch" from their new CD "Modern Time Shine".
Tent rentals were popular this year selling out in the first few hours of availability. Plans are in the works to expand that feature for 2016. Core team members plan to examine all aspects of the event and seek ways to improve it. It's a process of continually improving the event for the best experience of the attendees, the artists, the musicians and the vendors.
"This is truly a grassroots effort and it's making a difference",
says Patrick Phelan, CEO, Sinnissippi Centers.
The Youth Garden Program has grown as a result of ongoing support from the Gardenstock community. Beyond learning horticultural, community and business skills they now use food from the garden to learn how to cook and dry herbs. They cook monthly for the PLL (Parenting with Love and Limits) Program's Family Dinners using in-season produce from the garden. Beyond donating food to the Dixon Food Pantry, plans are in the works to expand through participating in Dixon City Market.