Category Archives: Press Releases

Springfield Community Gardens Breaks Ground at Tom Watkins Community Farm

Tom Watkins Farm Field Springfield Community Gardens is celebrating the ground-breaking of Tom Watkins Community Farm–the first organic, educational community farm in Springfield. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield , we will host a ground-breaking ceremony at 1909 N Park at 9am, October 24th in celebration of National Food Day.

As part of this educational garden space, SCG will launch its first High-Yield Farmer Training Program in early November. The project is funded by a $10,000 grant from the MTS Foundation, written in partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest. Expert Farmer Dan Bigbee of Fassnight Creek Farms will lead the program, and volunteers from the Tom Watkins Neighborhood and volunteer interns from Springfield Community Gardens will prepare the ground. The University of Missouri Extension Services will also consult on the project.

Dan_Bigbee & Farm Committee Tom Watkins Community Farm will provide: access to healthy, locally produced food for families in the neighborhood; demonstrate small-scale, sustainable agricultural practices that protect our environment, reconnect people with the land; and provide an educational space for Springfield Community Gardens to lead workshops.

In celebration of the event and Food Day, Farmers Gastropub will be serving locally-sourced, “I Eat Real” specials after the event, so come celebrate with us!

For more information or to register as a farmer apprentice, contact Springfield Community Gardens at (417) 414-7129 or visit online at

I Love Food: Making Missouri More Delicious

i love food The Ozarks Regional YMCA and its community partners are holding an event to celebrate and highlight local food happenings in our area.

On September 12, 2014, the Ozarks Regional YMCA will host the ‘I Love Food: Making Missouri More Delicious’ event at Hilton Garden Inn from 8:00am – 4:00pm. The event will feature opening remarks by Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jeff Shrag celebrating all things local, a PechaKucha style series of speakers, each representing a part of the food system, and a featured keynote speaker. The event will wrap up in the afternoon where a group of local foodies and organizations that support local deliciousness will gather at Farmers Market of the Ozarks . PechaKucha speakers include:

  • Lorin Fahrmeier, Fahrmeier Farms
  • Amanda Owen, Homegrown Food Hub
  • Stephanie Smith, Ozarks Regional YMCA
  • Barbara Lucks, City of Springfield
  • James Martin, Gilardi’s Restaurant
  • Pam Duitsman, MU Extension
  • A Call to Action by Yael Lehmann, The Food Trust

Our featured keynote speaker is Yael Lehmann, Executive Director of The Food Trust from Philadelphia, PA. Yael directs a range of innovative programs to increase access to affordable healthy food in underserved communities and ensure that children and adults have the knowledge to make healthy food choices. During her tenure, Yael has overseen the growth of the agency’s farmers’ markets, nutrition education programs, food retail development initiatives, and other programs to make healthy food available to all. “ I am so excited to be in Springfield to learn more about all of the wonderful local food options that are available to the community, and I look forward to working with the Y and their community partners to identify more ways to make good food available to all Missouri residents .”

To learn more about the Ozarks Regional YMCA and the I Love Food: Making Missouri More Delicious event, call or e-mail Stephanie Smith (417) 862-8962 x 2131 / [email protected] or visit