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For additional information, contact:
Colleen K. Crane, The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph
414.374.8841, ext. 27   (cell)  414.254.2808

Lisa Richter, Earthworks Urban Farm/Capuchin Soup Kitchen
313-579-2100 ext. 204, earthworks@cskdetroit.org



Detroit, MI (August 5, 2010) … The Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Urban Farm will be hosting its third annual Harvest Dinner, Saturday, September 11, celebrating local culture, local youth, and local food.

The event will be held at Gleaners Community Food Bank, a Capuchin Soup Kitchen partner, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit.

This year’s family-friendly event will feature a gourmet local foods barbeque, an interactive participatory storytelling experience, youth artwork, and youth presentations.

A social hour in the garden will begin at 5 pm with light appetizers, and garden tours, weather permitting.  Youth and adults alike will also have the opportunity to see and learn first hand about small farm animals such as chickens.  The dinner will be sourced from local farms and will be prepared by local chefs and volunteers from Jones Urban Foods, Detroit Evolution, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and more.

Patrick Crouch, Program Manager for Earthworks Urban Farm, explains the importance of storytelling.  “Everyone in the world deserves a just food system.  In order to achieve that goal, we need to connect with one another and create relationship.  Storytelling gives an opportunity for developing a shared story.”

“This year our Harvest Dinner takes place September 11th ,” Alison Costello, Meldrum Capuchin Soup Kitchen manager explains.  “Besides celebrating the gardens’ bounty and those who have made this harvest possible, we commemorate the thousands who lost their lives on September 11 and the families they left behind.”

Tickets will be priced sliding scale $15-$100.  Attendees are encouraged to contribute what they are able.  All are invited to sponsor a ticket for $25 for those in the community who otherwise may not be able to attend.

Ticket information is available online at www.cskdetroit.org/earthworks or calling 313-579- 2100, ext 204.  Reservation deadline is Thursday, September 2.

Earthworks Urban Farm of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen recently partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank to launch an urban agricultural training program called Earthworks Agricultural Training (E.A.T.)

Founded in 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing, and spiritual counsel to those in need.  Frequently preparing and serving 2,000 meals a day, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen also distributes household items and operates a shower program, food pantry, and children’s tutoring and art therapy program. Its Earthworks Urban Farm produces vegetables for Detroit’s hungry, and educates the community in regards to sustainable relationships between human beings and the earth. The soup kitchen’s ROPE (Reaching Our Potential Everyday) ministry is designed to assist individuals “re-entering” society after bouts of incarceration or substance abuse. ROPE’s first social enterprise is the “On the Rise Bakery.”

The soup kitchen is a ministry of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, which is headquartered in Detroit and serves Capuchin ministries worldwide.



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