Local tunes and local brews are on tap this weekend as a fundraiser for locally grown food.
Dance for the Plants, a fundraiser for ACRES Student Farm at the University of Wyoming, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Friday at the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot, 600 S. First St.
Now in its fourth year, the event includes live music by local groups The Workout Crew and Not From Here. Beer will be for sale, courtesy of Coal Creek Tap, Library Sports Grille and Brewery, Bond’s Brewing Company and Black Tooth Brewing Company of Sheridan. The night also includes raffle prizes, with items donated by local businesses.
Admission is free. Proceeds from beer and raffle ticket sales will benefit the farm’s summer internship program and operating expenses, said ACRES president Ela Piskorski, a UW junior.
“We have interns through the summer that are UW students,” she said.
ACRES, which stands for Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability, is a student-run farm that occupies 1.8 acres near the corner of 30th and Harney streets. Crops include many types of vegetables, herbs and even fruits such as strawberries and raspberries.
ACRES runs a community-supported agriculture program in the summer and sells produce at local farmers’ markets. The farm also offers garden plots to students and community members in exchange for a few hours of volunteer work during the summer.
“It’s really helpful if a person lives in an apartment, or their landlord won’t let them mess with the yard,” Piskorski said. “They’re able to have some fresh produce that they don’t have to pay for.”
As the growing season approaches, the club is hoping to run electricity to the farm so they have a place of their own to start seeds. They currently borrow space from the adjacent UW Ag Experiment Station.
“We’re working on trying to make our storage barn into a seed-starting area,” Piskorski said.
With their own electricity, they could even extend Laramie’s short growing season into colder months.
“We could grow stuff in the barn during the wintertime, which could go to food pantries,” she said.
Planting is scheduled to start in late March or early April, she said.