By GreenHouse17 Staff

On a warm June night a couple of weeks ago, 30 friends gathered on the deck at a lovely home in Clark County for an Evening with GreenHouse17. We began this monthly home-based event series a couple of years ago and have been receiving really positive feedback about it. The model is very informed by our mission and farm. Although each event is unique, all share a few common characteristics:

  • Hosted by supporters of our organization in their homes. Our mission requires a community-based response, but domestic violence typically happens in the privacy of homes. Small, home-based events relate to our mission and, well, it’s much more our style than a big fancy event at a hotel.

  • Shares stories of hope and survival. Every day, our staff and volunteers are witness to inspiring stories of hope and survival. For many survivors, telling their story is an important part of the healing process. And the storytelling at the evening events truly inspire!

  • Features local chefs using produce grown on our farm. Where food is cooking, people gather. That’s why each evening features a local chef who has generously dedicated their time and talent to prepare dishes during the event. Every delicious creation the chefs make features herbs and vegetables harvested from our farm. It’s a celebration of the region’s food culture and our farm’s beautiful produce. Watching the chefs in action is like performance art!

  • So far this year, the Evening with GreenHouse17 series has introduced our mission to more than 300 people and raised $10,000 to support services for survivors! We’re curious…how are others in the Grow Appalachia family celebrating their farm in the community?

    Leave a comment to let us know, after you scroll through these photos of delectable dishes served during recent Evenings with GreenHouse17.