East Dallas is home to some important names like Deep Ellum and Fair Park, but nestled on Grand Avenue next to White Rock Lake is a little garden making a big difference. Promise of Peace is a community garden built up from a vacant lot in the middle of the city, but they’re doing far more than growing plants.
The folks over at Promise of Peace know that real change for a community has to come from the ground up, so their aim is to enrich the lives of Dallas’ little sprouts. On Sunday afternoons they hold the Junior Master Gardener’s Camp free for area kids; the camp classes cover all sorts of important topics, including cooking. Local chefs make guest appearances and demonstrate delicious ways to eat healthy and the importance of good food. On Sunday May 20th, Janice from the Dallas bistro, Parigi, will be at the garden cooking up some delicious treats.
On June 16th Promise of Peace will be hosting Okra Palooza, a festival celebrating a southern staple. There will be an okra recipe contest, as well as okra and home brew from Seven Summits, along with music by Douglass Fairweather on a solar powered stage by Mike Renner of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group, and Fingerless Ghost, kids activities and magical Hat Making by Desiree. Tickets can be purchased at the garden on Saturday mornings at 7446 East Grand Ave. or by emailing Elizabeth Dry at email@example.com – the $20 ticker includes the okra tasting and beer tasting, while a $10 ticket is for the okra tasting only. Enter your own okra recipe into the contest for just $10, to register head over to the garden, the winner will receive the very first Promise of Peace Palooza Prize Package. Attending the palooza will not only liven up your day, but help the garden continue to enrich the lives of Dallas’ younguns.