Big Spring Thing 2016

The 2016 incarnation of Big Spring Thing, the garden’s annual seasonal festival where volunteers and community members alike gather for local food, music, and container gardening, was a big wonderful success! This year we had four acts of live music and delicious snacks sourced from Charlottesville-area farmers as well as snap beans and sunflower seeds for attendees to plant and take home – enabling them to check “Plant in the U.Va. Community Garden” off their list of things to do before graduation. We loved kicking off Earth Week at U.Va. with the community on a perfectly sunny spring day! Check out photos below as well as a feature on the event by NBC 29.

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A shot of our buffet featuring country white and multigrain sourdough from Little Hat Creek Farm, damson plum and apricot jam from Jam According to Daniel, local raw honey, lemon mint and raspberry hibiscus sage tea made by Katie with herbs from the garden, Caromont Farm Red Row cheese, vegan chili made by Molly, radishes from Whisper Hill Farm, dates, apples, dark chocolate, iced coffee from Mudhouse, homemade apple cider made by Jared, and banana chocolate chip bread made by Molly!
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Nathan prettying the garden up by spreading woodchips with one arm like a boss. Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Our first musical act, Maria DeHart and Samyukta Venkat

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Paige enjoying some fresh-made cider. Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Planting Provider bush snap beans and sunflower seeds in peat pots to take home
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Our second act, Molly Murphy
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Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Photo credit: Jared Gingrich

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Photo credit: Jared Gingrich

 

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Checking out the garden’s new cold frame funded by the GIFT Grant program
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Our third act, Taylor Ruckle
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Kate and Molly enjoying a laugh. Photo credit: Jared Gingrich

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Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Giving a tour of the garden and marveling at the wonder that is asparagus. Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Our final act, Noah Zeidman
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Giving an interview for NBC 29 about the Big Spring Thing. Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Kevin enjoying his freshly potted seed. Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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Photo credit: Jared Gingrich
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All that remained of the spread! Photo credit: Katie Lang

Thanks to everyone who came out and everyone who helped organize to make the event a hit!

Love + The U.Va. Community Garden Leadership Team

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