Organic Harvest Feast is this Saturday

The sixth annu­al Organic Harvest Feast is set to take place on Saturday at Loyola House on the grounds of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre here.

“The crops at Ignatius are abundant, even with the cool sum­mer,” said Heather Lekx, a community shared agriculture farmer and this year’s emcee. “The farmers and interns are looking forward to providing all of the organic produce for the feast.”

Early in the evening, while sampling the Loyola House Kitchen’s appetizers, guests will have the opportunity to view and bid on items donated to the silent auction, followed by a seven course dinner.

“We are delighted to have Cathy Hansen as our guest speak­er for this year’s feast” said Lisa Calzonetti, Director of Operations at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Hansen is a Canadian Red Seal Chef and owner of Bernway Farm near Erin, the longest-running com­mu­nity shared agriculture farm serving the Guelph area. She is also the owner of the Philo­so­pher’s Kitchen, pur­veyor of craft preserves.

Her focus at the feast will be an ecosystem approach to creating a truly sustainable food system.

Cocktails will begin at 5pm with dinner being served at 6pm. Live entertainment will be provided by the Swell Billies. Tickets are $90 each and can be purchased by con­tacting Miriam Koopman, at 519.824.1250 extension 250 or administration@­igna­ti­

The fundraising event helps to support the work of the Ig­natius Jesuit Centre of Guelph; home to Loyola House Retreat and Training Centre, the Ecology Project, the Ignatius Farm CSA and the Plant an Old Growth Forest Project. For more information, visit