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Dine on farm-to-fork fare cooked by local chef Mark Estee while helping Urban Roots, a local nonprofit teaching farm in Reno.

Urban Roots is holding their annual fundraiser from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the FarmHouse at Urban Roots, 3001 W. Fourth St. The event features local food, drinks, art, and presentations to showcase the sustainability of garden education in Northern Nevada. This event, more than any other, helps Urban Roots to provide the services they offer to the community.  All funds raised from Art, Food & Roots will go towards expanding the programming and widening the reach of programs at Urban Roots.

Custom cocktails with farm ingredients will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by a farm-to-fork dinner prepared by local chef Mark Estee of Campo, Heritage, Reno Provisions, Burger Me and Chez Louie.  Each dish will feature ingredients grown at Urban Roots farm. Vegetarian options are available. This family-style meal will paired with local wines and custom brews from IMBIB.

There will be an art exhibit, silent auction including raffle prizes and guest speaker Douglas Gayeton, an internationally-recognized leader for sustainable food and farming systems. Douglas Gayeton will be discussing his work with the Lexicon of Sustainability, which produces powerful images that deconstruct words and ideas about the culture of healthy foods and farming practices. Guests also are invited to enjoy farm tours, family activities and music.

The event will be a community celebration to benefit Urban Roots. Tickets cost $75 a person and are considered tax-deductible to this nonprofit group, all proceeds benefiting the Urban Roots teaching farm, multiple school gardens, and curriculum available to Nevada’s educators who are interested in using gardens as classrooms.

Urban Roots is a nonprofit teaching farm in west Reno that has grown from an abandoned lot on West 4th Street five years ago. Their two acre farm is home to chickens, pigs, bees, vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, an outdoor kitchen, and much more.  Students come to Urban Roots to engage all senses while learning and the campus hosts many more community workshops for teachers, students, families, volunteers, and individuals interested in sustainable, small scale growing techniques.

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