One of the reasons I made this pledge was because IGCs and other locally-owned businesses contribute to the quality of my life in ways that publicly owned companies cannot. The 2013 Fall Festival put on by Green Acres is Exhibit A.
|My daughter enjoying her scary balloon.|
|We left before the stage was used. I was afraid it would involve a scarecrow strip tease.|
The pumpkin bowling, mini golf and duck races were put on by American River College horticulture students. This is a great volunteer opportunity as well as a chance for the students to spend some time "in the trenches" and get a taste for what it would be like to work in the retail side of their field.
|Pumpkin bowling. |
This is a much different version of the game me and my hooligan friends played as kids.
|Mini-golf course using fresh sod, jack-o-lanterns and some bender board. Ingenious.|
In addition to the games, there were balloon makers and face painters making kids' days for free.
|Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!|
There were also some educational opportunities for us including some of information on the Sacramento Bee Keepers association (I think that's what they called themselves). When we first walked up to the bees I started talking to my daughter about them and I was shocked to discover that she knew more about them than I did. She knew, for instance, that all the bees we were looking at were females. Apparently the male drones get kicked to the curb much earlier in the season and quickly die from exposure. So this time of year it's just the Queen Bee and her workers in the hive. I guess I've been away from school too long.
|All these bees are chicks.|
I got to sample a few different types of honey from areas close to here. It was remarkable how different the texture and taste was when the distance separating these hives was less than 10 miles.
They had sno-cones, cotton candy, and drinks too. All free.
My favorite part of the morning, however, was when my little girl decided she wanted to take a turn taking pictures of the plants. I think I've got a future garden blogger in my midst.
|My little photo bug.|
|Going in for the macro shot.|
Of course, occasions like this aren't the only good reason to spend 100% of my gardening dollars at IGCs. But I would really miss this type of thing if Green Acres went out of business. And how do you put a price on the opportunity to make memories like these?