The Empty Bowls Fundraiser
In October 2016, Namrita organized Highland Park’s first Empty Bowls Fundraiser, held at her high school. Guests enjoyed a simple, delicious meal of soup, bread, and dessert donated by local restaurants, and left with one of 800 ceramic bowls created by local elementary school students from four different schools. The bowls served to remind attendees of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger. Guests also had the opportunity to participate in a raffle and enjoy live music. The event was a huge success. There were 500 guests, and Seeds of Knowledge raised $8,445 for the food pantry. The Empty Bowls Fundraiser educated members of the Highland Park/Highwood community about the existence of hunger in the local area, while providing an opportunity for members of the community to come together for a good cause.
Ravinia Farmers Market
To fundraise for indoor hydroponic garden towers, Namrita had a booth at a local farmer’s market, the Ravinia Farmers Market, from June to September of 2015. Every Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., she sold Growums’ interactive children’s seed starter kits and seed paper cards. Namrita also partnered up with Love That Spice, a local artisan spice blends and tea shop, to sell their products as well.
Love That Spice
Seeds of Knowledge also partnered with Love That Spice to host a Summer Salads’ Cooking Class in the summer of 2015. Attendees learned how to make various types of salads using Love That Spice’s spice blends. Namrita also sold Growums’ interactive children’s seed starter kits and informed people about the food insecurity in the local community.
Each year in July, the city of Highland Park’s Chamber of Commerce organizes the Sidewalk Sale, which is four days filled with over eighty shops of Highland Park offering bargains outside to the Central Business District.