Opelika Grows, or O Grows as it is more commonly known, has several events lined up this Spring. Please see the schedule below and find a way to support this important community organization led by our own Professor Sean Forbes.
April 21 (Saturday)–Opening of the Opelika Community Garden for 2018. Local residents will be able to lease plots in the garden. O Grows will also be holding a student farmers market. Students from the alternative school who work at O Grows, along with COE Professors Forbes and Hannah Baggett, will be on hand to sell the produce and wood-crafts that they have produced this year. (We had our first student farmers market on March 17 and it was amazing to see what the students can do…one of our kids made almost $100 for himself.)
May 5 (Saturday)–O Grows Plant Sale at Garden in the Park. The event will be held from 8 AM-3 PM at the Opelika Municipal Park. This will be our first large-scale fundraiser O Grows will be selling annuals and perennials that we have grown out in our greenhouse (with the help of our OLC students and our paid student interns).
May 15 (Tuesday)–Kick off of the 2018 O Grows Farmers Market season. The market will be in operation each Tuesday from 3 PM-6 PM through the end of August. The market features produce, honey, baked goods, and artisan crafts by 15+ local farmers, value-added producers, and artists.
May 19 & 20 (Saturday and Sunday)–Lee County Master Gardner’s Garden Tour. This year, O Grows is excited to be a stop on the garden tour. Visitors will tour the outdoor garden, greenhouse, live-stock area, and wood shop. OLC students and other O Grows volunteers will serve as hosts for the event and highlight O Grows’ programming.