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Food & Farming

Harvest at the Commons

Groundwork’s annual farm-to-table fundraiser brings friends, neighbors and farmers together to honor our extraordinary local food movement and celebrate solutions that support environment, economy and community.

In 2021, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the dinner event until 2022 and shift our energies to our annual online Harvest Auction. Join us October 3 thru 9pm, October 9, 2021 for a chance to bid on an irresistible and eclectic collection of items, from getaways to handcrafted chocolate, with all of your proceeds going to support the Groundwork mission. Look for the return of Harvest at the Commons in October 2022, in all of its community-spirited, great food and dance music glory!

Groundwork was central to launching the local food movement in northern Michigan, and "farm to table" is a beautiful and delicious part of the local food ideal. We felt it would be wonderful to celebrate the success of our local food movement with a community-building event and raise funds for more great work. Harvest is certified as a 100% Local Food Event by Taste the Local Difference, so all of the food is sourced from farms, food processors, and beverage makers in northern Michigan!

We have scoured the web looking for a farm to table event with more than 650 attendees on this side of the mighty Mississippi, but have not found one. In fact, the only larger farm to table event we could find in the United States was in Sacramento, California! So we are laying claim to the title of biggest farm to table event east of the Mississippi!

With that said, in 2021, due to the COVID pandemic, we are hitting the pause button on Harvest at the Commons and are postponing until October 2022.

For more information about Harvest at the Commons and the 2021 Harvest Auction, please contact Cile Plumstead.

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Past events

Enjoy "Harvest at Home" - our 2020 Livestream Event

Harvest at the Commons 2017 Video



2019 Harvest video: This Wouldn't Happen Without Groundwork


Harvest at the Commons News

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