by Andrew Crisp
A fall feeling took over a sliver of Boise's Hill Road Oct. 19 at the North End Organic Nursery's annual autumnal affair, the Harvest Pa-Brew-Za. Complete with a straw-stuffed scarecrow and bales of hay, the event drew families for a party and benefit for the Boise Urban Garden School.
"Most of the funding for this program will go to our 'Just Add Water' tool kit for school gardens," said BUGS executive director Erin Guerricabeitia.
Food trucks were clustered around the event, including Rice Works, A Cupcake Paradise, Brown Shuga Soul Food, Archie's Place and Burgerlicious, while beer was poured by The Ram, Highlands Hollow and Payette Brewing Company.
A portion of beer and retail sales went to BUGS, and according to Guerricabeitia, this is the first year BUGS is piloting the Just Add Water program to help bolster local schools' gardens and working with six different schools to give students a hands-on experience.
"It's helping schools that presently have a garden expand, and those who don't get one of their own," she said. "Really, the most important aspect of what we're doing is teaching hands-on education."
Kids at the Pa-Brew-Za got their mitts on fresh, bright orange pumpkins piled high near the NEON main building. One by one, little tykes and their parents grabbed pumpkins to plaster them with paint at a nearby table.