I was so glad to see this project reach it's funding goal (and then some) recently on Kickstarter. In just three weeks 125 people pitched in "to turn Bootleg Batard from an idea into a community of caring, sharing, inspiration and excitement". With their first goal met, Melina Kelson and Pete Podolsky are now able to begin building "a traditional oven and helping to forge a community centered on naturally good, real food."
<snip> "Five years ago, Melina Kelson and Pete Podolsky dug up the sod around their small, suburban Skokie, Illinois, home and transformed it into organic, edible landscaping. Since then, they have watched their garden (featured in Chicago Magazine) become a place where the community unites.
Friends of all ages pitch in to help turn the soil, pull weeds, plant and harvest the bounty. Since then, friends and neighborhood “farm hands” are invited back for canning parties and to share and celebrate the harvest each year. Strangers and neighbors ask questions about planting gardens of their own. They share ideas and frequently taste (and bring home) delicious, wholesome varieties of produce and plants they may not have known about before. Neighborhood school kids tour the garden and local scout groups help harvest food to donate to area food banks."
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Via Sue Braiden