2nd Annual HAVEN Garden Project Wine Tasting Was a HIT!

haven-garden-projectWith over 70 wines from Cabernet to Zinfandel, the 2nd Annual Market Square Wine Tasting to benefit the HAVEN Garden Project was a hit! Last Friday night on June 10, 2011, 250 people gathered to support the HAVEN Garden and to sample different wines and delicious food courtesy of Market Square, unite with friends and meet new faces, and engage in a fabulous raffle! The raffle included gifts or services from local businesses, all which were donated to the cause. Attendees were also able to talk with gardeners from the HAVEN Garden, discuss their progress, and learn more about the on-going project.

There were ten tables placed in the gorgeous Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, with six different wines from red to white at each table. Guests could stroll through the fabulous art center, chatting about the beautiful pieces of art and the progress of the HAVEN garden, trying new wines, and having some of the spread from Market Square, which of course included fresh fruit and vegetables.

By the end of the night, the HAVEN Garden Project raised approximately $10,000 ($4,830 from the event and $5,000 from private donations), which will keep the HAVEN garden going strong for the entire 2011 growing season.

Last year, the garden grew 2 1/2 tons of produce. They feed residents from the HAVEN shelter and clinic, the people who work in the garden, and give weekly to the Grace City of Hope and Gleaners food bank in Oakland County, mainly giving to the Pontiac area to families in need.

The HAVEN Garden Project is a collaborative half-acre organic micro farm and educational space located in Pontiac, Michigan at the HAVEN-Oakland Emergency shelter. The Garden Project serves the HAVEN Community by providing fresh organic produce on a weekly basis to shelter residents and off-site clients; coordinating the preservation and storage of harvested produce; and offering agriculture education and garden stewardship opportunities to youth and adults. To learn more go to: www.michiganyoungfarmercoalition.org.

The HAVEN Garden Project still accepts donations year-round. The garden is always expanding and starting new projects and welcomes your support! If you missed this fantastic event and would still like to donate your money or time, visit Haven’s donation page. Be sure to write that you’re giving to the HAVEN Garden Project under comments! Please visit Haven’s website or the Haven Garden Project website for more information. To view more photos of the garden, visit their Flickr page.

Also, keep your calendars open for Saturday, July 16th – we will be holding another fundraising event for the HAVEN Garden Project. This one is also a great workout! Join us for the 10,000 steps walk organized by ASKinyourface.com and Haven and working with Market Square Stores, The Bottle Crew and Dunham’s Sports to hold this event. There will be a $10 minimum donation to attend. More info. to come! Check out information from last year’s 10,000 walk. You won’t want to miss this!

You may also like:

Support the HAVEN Garden Project with the 10,000 Steps Walk

Our Day at HAVEN Garden

Stories of Success! The HAVEN Garden Project Wraps Up Its First Season

Volunteer at the HAVEN Garden

Lauren’s Thoughts: My First Wine Tasting

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