US (PA): Festival to bring local farms and businesses together with community

The Dalton Community & Commerce Association (DCCA) is planning its inaugural Farm to Family Fest at Streamside Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 23. This organization aims to highlight the mutually beneficial relationships among Abington area local farms, businesses, and the communities they serve.

“Spotlighting the character and attributes of Dalton and its developing community resources is also an expressed goal,” said DCCA president Terra McAuliffe. Through demonstrations, presentations, and performances, the Farm to Family Fest will have many interactive opportunities to educate the public about the mutually supportive interconnection between farms and the community. Demonstrations will include seasonal, beekeeping, and flower arranging.

Paul Epsom, owner of Greystone Gardens in Clarks Summit, will do a seasonal demonstration showing simple ways to keep herbs growing throughout winter. He will also show how to clean airborne toxins in homes using certain plants. Ashlee Butkiewicz, owner of The Posy Plot in Factoryville, will be selling bunches of fresh flowers, including dahlias and sunflowers, as well as mixed bouquets. She will also have dried flower offerings such as flower crowns.

Eastview Gardens in Clarks Summit will give the customer the option of choosing select items for a custom bouquet. They will also have mixed bouquets of flowers currently in bloom, including zinnias, sunflowers, and hydrangeas. Orna Clum, owner of Clum Family Farms in Scott Township, will have a display about honeybees. She will talk about their importance to our food supply and our well being. She will talk about how people can keep the bees alive, such as providing them with water. She will answer questions that customers may have. Weather permitting, she will have an observation hive with live bees.


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