Space to grow

. August 10, 2012.
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Make room for the birds, and maybe buy a unique work of art, as the Toledo Farmers’ Market  presents “Birdhouses For Schoolhouses,” a fun and festive fundraiser for Milan, Ohio’s Veggie U. Veggie U is a non-profit organization at the Culinary Vegetable Institute which runs a classroom program teaching fourth graders about the magic and majesty of vegetables. Young students learn where their food comes from and how to grow their own, in a valuable antidote to our fast-food culture. “Birdhouses For Schoolhouses” was the brainchild of Toledo’s Ralph Behrendt, of Flying Rhino Coffee. This third annual event gives local artists, business and community leaders a chance to decorate their own unique birdhouse to be offered at a silent auction on Saturday, June 9 at the Farmers’ Market. Molly Thompson, Veggie U’s Director of Development, is thrilled. “It’s a great fit,” she says. “It’s part of what the Farmers’ Market is about, and it’s a great way to expand our program beyond the classroom.” The finished birdhouses will be featured on the Farmers’ Market website and Facebook in advance of the auction, so check them out and pick out your favorite! You can help point the way to a healthier and greener future, and maybe give some feathered friends a nice home. Saturday, June 9, 9am-12pm. 525 Market St. 419-255-6765. www.toledofarmersmarket.com.