“The Food Literacy Project’s mission is youth transforming their communities through food, farming, and the land.”

There are countless ways to celebrate Halloween, but not many of them have the ambitious goal of using the annual holiday to help youth and families “discover the joy and power of growing, cooking, and eating wholesome foods, while deepening their connection to the land, cultivating leadership, employment and community engagement skills, and fostering relationships that support healthy lifestyles.”

But the Food Literacy Project isn’t scared of ghosts or healthy challenges, and so tonight (Wednesday, October 30th) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the non-profit organization’s Community Food Leaders (CFLs) will host a Spooktastic Farm-A-Palooza at the Iroquois Urban Farm, located at 1400 Bicknell Avenue in Louisville.

CFls are high-school-aged summer employees of the Food Literacy Project’s Youth Community Agriculture Program (YCAP). Some CFLs keep working into autumn at Iroquois Urban Farm, a former vacant lot now transformed into a food-growing community gathering space. 

The produce yielded by their labor is sold in the parking lot of the Taylor Boulevard Save-a-Lot on Thursdays from 3-6 PM. CFLs also assist with weekly after-school Field 2 Fork Clubs at local elementary schools.

At Farm-A-Palooza, “the CFLs will lead activities including pumpkin and face painting, farm tours, ghost stories, an interactive mystery game, and food decorating. They welcome all community members to join this Halloween party and celebrate the fall season on the urban farm.”

The CFLs specifically intend to engage children and families who live near Iroquois Urban Farm and around Louisville. At this celebration they will educate and inspire others about farming and fresh food through fun and play. Attendees are welcome to dress in Halloween costumes and bring an object to add onto the Create-a-Scarecrow activity.

All ages are welcome, and the event is free of charge.