Gardening & Farm Fest 2024 is Sunday, April 21 from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Downtown Library!
Join us for a daylong celebration of gardening, nature, and hands-on activities! Gardening & Farm Fest features artisans and farmers selling their wares, along with representatives from local farms who offer CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
Learn more about CSAs and sign up for a spring and/or summer CSA onsite. Special presentations about a variety of nature-based topics will take place during the day.
Stay tuned for more information!
2024 Schedule of Events
Vendors and Local Farms
11 AM - 5 PM | 1st Floor Lobby
Browse artisans and farmers selling their wares, along with representatives from local farms offering CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
11:15 AM - 12 PM | Multi-Purpose Room
Natural Area Preservation & Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Program
Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic within the community. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. Come learn more about the work that NAP does, and hear information about the city Greenbelt program.
12 - 2 PM | Secret Lab
Seed Swap & Drop-In Heat Press Totes
Drop in to grab a tote bag and swap some seeds! You can bring extra seeds that you have harvested from your garden or just pick up something you would like to grow. Flowers, vegetables, herbs, and bulbs are welcome. You do not need to drop seeds off to take some home.
12:30 - 1:15 PM | Multi-Purpose Room
Ryan Poe of The Hungry Locavore
Ryan Poe is a local farmer and the owner and operator of The Hungry Locavore weekly 'At Will' CSA share that runs year around. Traditionally CSA models revolve around one farm's products for a set amount of weeks whereas The Hungry Locavore offers produce from multiple farms and farm to table prepared foods in the weekly share offerings, and individuals can opt in or opt out of purchase each week. This project is all about building community and sustainability with a focus on consuming local food. Learn about how Ryan his built up this project over the past 6 years and the benefits of this alternative CSA model.
1:45 - 2:30 PM | Multi-Purpose Room
Wild Spring Bees
Wild native bees are an essential part of our gardens, farms, and urban areas. Join Washtenaw County Parks Naturalist Shawn Severance for a talk on the diversity and beauty of spring-flying bees, and how to conserve them.
3 - 4 PM | Secret Lab
Tiny DIY Bell Jars
Create a lovely little natural scene inside a tiny bell jar! Pick and choose from a wide assortment of pine cones, dried flowers and other decorative materials, then combine them into a lovely little decoration.