For the past four years, the folks at the garden with the acronym that instantly makes us think of the '80s--North End Organic Nursery--have held an event with a super-creative name: Harvest Pa-Brew-Za.
Aside from the word stuff that we writerly nerds find so entertaining, NEON's annual fall event features a bevy of family friendly fun. Boise Weekly stopped by last year's event and took photos of the packed plant purveyor's Hill Road location, where pumpkins and faces were painted, the wares of local artisans were perused, and live music filled the air. Children played in a bounce house and adults sipped brews from Payette Brewing Company while learning about Sustainable Futures, the nonprofit agency that received profits from beer, food truck and pumpkin sales at the event. Sustainable Futures took home approximately $4,000-$5,000 from the 2011 event.
This year's shindig will also include music, fun with pumpkins, face painting and a bounce house. Food will be available from Archie's Place, Rice Works, St. Lawrence Gridiron, Brown Shuga Soul Food and A Cupcake Paradise trucks. Those of legal imbibing age can enjoy brews from Payette Brewing Company, The Ram and Highlands Hollow. Music will be provided by Band of Buskers and Boise Rock School.
Boise Urban Garden School will receive 100 percent of the profits from all activities this time--which are done on a by-donation basis--and pumpkin sales. A portion of libation and food sales will also be contributed to the school, which teaches children about environmental issues and food choices.