Learn more about Springfield Community Gardens, including this one near Missouri State University, at Gardenpalooza. The free, family-friendly event is Saturday, June 4 at Mother's Brewing Company. (Photo: Jeff Kessinger)

Celebrate healthy, local food while connecting with your fellow community members at the inaugural Gardenpalooza event Saturday, June 4.

Gardenpalooza, hosted by Springfield Community Gardens, is 3-8 p.m. at Mother’s Brewing Company (215 South Grant Ave.). It’s free to attend, but guests are encouraged to register ahead of time and purchase “Garden Gold” to pay for food, beverages and special activities. Donations will also be accepted.

The family-friendly event offers something for everyone. Activities include:

  • Garden-themed yard games
  • Live music
  • Food trucks
  • Cooking demonstration featuring locally-sourced products
  • A raffle

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about gardening opportunities in their neighborhoods.

Springfield Community Gardens is a nonprofit organization that helps support 17 gardens and three urban farms in the city. There is paid staff for the farms, while volunteers help run the gardens. Produce from the gardens is donated to the community through a partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest.

Learn more about Springfield Community Gardens on their website.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger