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Volunteers Needed for School Hoophouse Build

The Agrarian Adventure needs volunteers for a community hoophouse restoration at Tappan Middle School (2251 E. Stadium Blvd.)! Please join us on Saturday, April 13th between 9am-4pm for a day of action to revitalize the structure. We will be replacing wood and stretching new plastic on the hoop. More than one shift is available, and if they don’t work for you just email us at info@agrarianadventure.org to let us know. Please sign up in advance so that we can plan to provide food for everyone. This project is supported by a grant from the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North (RCAAN).

The Agrarian Adventure is Recruiting

Are you passionate about youth education, health or school gardens and agriculture? If so, consider sharing your talents as a member of The Agrarian Adventure Board of Directors. We are currently seeking to fill two board positions to complete a two year term supporting the mission of our nonprofit organization to use experiential education to connect students to the sources of their food and empower them to transform their lives and food culture in positive ways. The two open chair positions are listed below, however board members do not have to fill these specific roles and can contribute other skills collaborating on fundraising, evaluation and programs. Complete this google form by March 15th to apply. Questions can be sent to info@agrarianadventure.org.

Available roles:

Communications Chair
The Communications Chair works with staff and board members to manage The Agrarian Adventure social media, website and newsletter communications. This primarily includes use of Instagram, Facebook, Mailchimp and WordPress, but also involves working with the team to organize and store photographs of The Agrarian Adventure programs and related photo permissions. A successful candidate need not have experience on all of these platforms as they will work as a team and the programs are relatively easy to learn.

Finance Chair
The Finance Chair oversees The Agrarian Adventure expenditures and manages staff payment including receiving invoices and reimbursement requests as well as issuing checks and tax forms. This is a good position for someone who has an interest in developing these skills or someone who already has experience in finance or accounting who wants to contribute to their community.

Fundraising Team
The Agrarian Adventure board members contribute to stewardship of the organization including support of our mission and raising funds for mission-based programming. While all board members collaborate on fundraising, a small subset takes the lead by generating creative ideas, communicating with community partners and developing yearly fundraising goals and timelines.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwha6WTD3iVRJLiA7hO6-wy_e3jOHLqP5Ua6bH1_BaVKpzrQ/viewform

Fourth Annual Harvest Brunch

Join us for a morning of good food and good company to support a good cause! All proceeds benefit The Agrarian Adventure’s ongoing farm-to-school programming. You won’t want to miss this menu! Some of our favorite chefs will serve creative dishes made with ingredients from local farms and businesses. We’ll post more details about the menu as they become available. Purchase tickets ahead of time at the bottom of this post (recommended), or at the door.

Menu

Tantre Farms Heirloom Veggie Hash with Old Brick Farm Duck Egg

Goetz Farms Roasted Sweet Potato Poblano Pepper Hash with Tantre Farms Grilled Sweet Corn Succotash, Black Oaks Farms Pork Belly confit with A dollop of Brinery Kimchi on top and an Old Brick Farm Duck Egg 

Plymouth Orchards Quinoa Oatmeal and Apple Compote with fall dried fruits and smoked brown sugar on top

Maple Fall Berry Compote with Ernst Farms Grits

Green Tea Pancakes with Powdered Sugar and Calder Dairy Whipped Cream on top


Harvest Brunch Tickets



Matching Campaign!

We have until the end of the day on August 30th to raise up to $5000 to be matched by the Rotary District Foundation! All donations are tax deductible and support The Agrarian Adventure’s educational programs. Click here to make a donation today: http://www.agrarianadventure.org/category/donate/

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The Agrarian Adventure is Hiring!

The Agrarian Adventure is hiring an Executive Director to start this Fall! The Executive Director will be responsible for managing The Agrarian Adventure’s education programs including Farmer in the Classroom (k-5) and Afterschool Food & Garden Club (6-8). In addition to implementing and evaluating educational programs, this position will involve volunteer coordination, garden and hoophouse maintenance, community outreach, maintaining stakeholder relationships, and supporting the board of directors in activities such as fundraising and grant writing. This is a part-time, term-limited position with opportunity for renewal. Click here for the complete job description. Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to info@agrarianadventure.org by August 26th.

Second Annual Farm Tour: Sunday, August 19

Join us for our second annual farm tour fundraiser!

The evening will include cocktails, small plates in three courses, a chance to mingle with the farmers, and a hay ride and farm tour. We are thrilled to be hosted by Black Locust Gardens, a farm dedicated to sustainable agriculture.

We’re also thrilled to have some talented folks working on the menu! You’ll see Jude Walser (Alley Bar) mixing drinks, and Chefs Chris Chiapelli (Black Pearl, Ross School of Business) and Chris Huey (Brecon Grille & Pub) creating delicious small plates.

Tickets can be purchased at the link below. Hope to see you there!

Address: 5780 W Joy Rd, Dexter, MI 48130

*Parking will be available; car pooling is encouraged!

MENU

First Course Appetizer

Chef Chris Huey’s Modernist Play on the Caprese Salad using Gaff Farms Heirloom Tomatoes, Recovery Park Farms Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Baby Cucumbers, Zingermans Marinated Baby Mozzerella and Marinated Olives, Pomegranate Molasses and Bacon Jam, garnished with Skinny Farms Fresh Basil.

Second Course Main Entree

Tantre Farm Roasted Heirloom Carrots seasoned with Roos Roast Coffee grounds, Cumin and Coriander. Black Locust Gardens Lime Basil/Kale Puree (made also with using Black Locust Garden Caramelized Onions, Tantre Farm Garlic, and Zingerman’s Onsa’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Whitney Farms Grilled Beef rubbed in Mindo Cocoa Powder served with Fluffy Bottoms Vanilla Yogurt and garnished with Black Locust Gardens Lavender and Tulsi Flowers.

Third Course Dessert

Chef Chris Huey’s Skinny Farm Basil Sorbet and Chef Christopher Chiapelli’s Black Locust Gardens Sun Gold Tomato Ice Cream.

DRINK MENU

“Garden Wonderlust” – Gin infused with BLG hyssop and lemon balm, a bit of creme de violette and pineapple juice

“Sacred Gimlet” – Vodka, Tulsi (Holy Basil) syrup made from BLG tulsi and lime juice

“Summer Daze” (non-alcoholic) – A relaxing iced tea made with Tulsi, spearmint and chamomile from BLG and a hint of agave and lemon


TICKET OPTIONS



Third Annual Harvest Brunch

Mark your calendars! Our third annual Harvest Brunch is just around the corner on November 19th from 10am-1pm. Check out the tantalizing menu:

Tantre Farm Heirloom Veggie Hash with or without eggs

Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Pancakes with maple syrup or whipped cream & smoked brown sugar

Mighty Good Coffee Waffles with Tahitian vanilla bean infused syrup and mindo chocolate sauce

Slow Farms Roasted Acorn Squash Bowl with vanilla yogurt, granola and fall fruits

Special diet? We will make every effort to meet vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free requests. Meals can be cooked with oil, butter, or bacon fat, depending on dietary needs.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance (see below).


Harvest Brunch Tickets



Farm to Table Trolley Tour

Limited time left to buy a ticket!

The Agrarian Adventure invites you to a trolley tour of three local farms! Each stop will feature a different chef and a different farm and include a short tour. Specialty cocktails will be available with our guest bartender Jude Walser from the Alley Bar. Chefs include Chris Chiapelli (Ross School of Business, Black Pearl), Chris Huey (Mediterrano) and Chef James Raynak (Robin Hills Farm).

This special trolley tour will pick up at 4pm (and drop off at 9pm) at the last stop of the third annual Ann Arbor Farm to School Collaborative Garden Tour at Pittsfield Elementary School. Be sure to check out information about this great, free school garden tour taking place before the trolley trip!

 

Itinerary

Appetizers at Fluffy Bottom Farms with Chef Chris Huey

Entree & Salad at Tantre Farm with Chef Chris Chiapelli

Dessert at Alber Orchard and Cider Mill with Chef James Raynak

 

 

Tickets for the general public are priced at $150.

Sustaining members of The Agrarian Adventure are eligible to purchase tickets for reduced prices of $75 or $100. Become a sustaining member by signing up to donate a monthly amount to The Agrarian Adventure for a year! Links for ticketing and sustaining membership are available below (be sure to complete both the ticket purchase and the monthly donation if you decide to become a sustaining member). Please send any questions to bmcqueer@gmail.com.

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