Lorain town center is overflowing with a festive spirit this weekend.
Broadway Mary’s has teamed up with Jim Goforth and Father Alex Barton of Solidarity Urban Farms to host the second annual Urban Pumpkin Patch.
Hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. October 8 and 9 outside Broadway Mary’s, 939 Broadway.
Event enthusiasts can buy pumpkins and local produce at lower market prices.
âThe majority of the produce is grown by us,â said Goforth, founder of Solidarity Urban Farms.
Samantha Barnum, local vendor and Solidarity Farms volunteer, offers young people artistic opportunities to paint their pumpkins.
Barnum graduated from Capital University with a BA in Art Therapy and uses his skills to help others.
âIt’s amazing to be really involved in the community around you,â she said. “We have to analyze the impact we can have and come across as ourselves.”
Barnum said volunteering on the farm saved his life.
âI really resonate with the mission,â she said. âThe garden saved my life.
Goforth said Broadway Mary’s has always been a big supporter.
âShe is the artistic and creative spirit behind the event,â he said. “We worked a lot together on different projects, and she always opened her doors to me and my products.”
Goforth said community events like these are the heart of the farm.
“This is the payoff,” he said. âOur produce is grown here and a lot of our buyers are from here, so that’s good.
Barton, pastor of the Church of the Redeemer, 647 Reid Ave. in downtown Lorain, said his congregation was looking to connect with the community.
âWe just want to showcase a lot of our fall products and continue to promote the good work that the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and Farms of Solidarity are doing in our community,â he said.
The farm’s mission is twofold, Barton said.
âWe want to create safe and dignified communities, so that the children and adults in the community know that they are loved and capable of good things,â he said. âOn top of that, we want to be a good production farm and produce enough food to sell and give. “
Every Thursday, the Church of the Redeemer in collaboration with Solidarity Urban Farms, hosts a free community dinner that begins at 5 p.m.
âWe use the food we grow and harvest to include in our community meals that we host each week at church,â Barton said. âWe farm-to-table for people. “
All profits will go directly to the farm, Goforth said.
âAll the money we collect today will allow us to give more food gifts and organize free events like the clothes gift,â he said.
Supporters can donate to Solidarity Urban Farms GoFundMe to directly help its expansion efforts. said Goforth.
âWe are raising funds to found a foundation and build a showcase on the farm itself,â he said. âThen everything will be harvested, washed, packaged, stored and sold on site. “
For more information on weekly meals, contact Church of The Redeemer at 440-244-3134.