The Zucchini was Frozen and the Snowshoes were Flying

Participants of all ages strapped on snowshoes for Sunday's 4th annual Frozen Zucchini 5K Snowshoe Adventure in support of the Smart Farm of Barrington.

Credit: Bob Lee
Credit: Bob Lee
With "perfect weather" and 180 participants ranging in age from 12 to 70, the Smart Farm of Barrington's fourth annual Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Adventure at Citizens Park on Sunday was the nonprofit organization's "best event to date," said Kathy Gabelman, of the Smart Farm.

"We are fortunate to live in a generous and loving community. With donations and participant registrations we far exceeded our fundraising goals," said Gabelman. "The monies that we raised will allow us to grow more food, raise bees and expand our reach."

The experience levels of the participants ranged from first timers to elite athletes, who strapped on snowshoes to take on the 5K course at Citizens Park in Barrington. The course consisted of an open field start, to spread the racers out, then narrowed into meandering prairie and wooded trails looping back to the start. 

"This event is a great way for the Smart Farm to spread our message and raise money while having fun," said Gabelman.

The Smart Farm has consolidated its gardens to its Advocate Good Shepherd Gardens and an offsite garden to grow pumpkins and squash. Gabelman said they plan to double its gardens and will be farming eight bee hives around the area.

"We encourage kids, families, groups and corporations to help 'lettuce' grow!"

About Smart Farm
Smart Farm of Barrington is a local 501c3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to cultivate a healthy community by providing educational opportunities focused on sustainable gardening techniques, promoting the benefits of sustainable gardening and donating fresh produce to support neighbors in need.

Learn more at www.smartfarms.org.


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