Aspen Daily News Staff Report
Community meal needs many helpers
Aspen T.R.E.E. is hosting the fifth annual free “farm to table” community meal on Nov. 20 in the Aspen High School commons. The meal is a multi-course, sit-down, Thanksgiving-style community meal prepared from nearly 100 percent locally grown ingredients.
About 1,500 seated guests are expected this year, and 150 volunteers are needed to help coordinate the community production. Volunteers are needed starting five days before the event to help prepare food, as well as during the event. To volunteer, email Lissa Ballinger at, or call 970 379-2323.
The nonprofit also plans to launch its “Adopt a Farmyard” holiday gift-card fundraising campaign at the community meal, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The gift-card campaign will help support the many programs offered by Aspen T.R.E.E., including the community farmyard, sustainable living workshops for youth and adults, and community events, meals and festivals.
“Adopt a Farmyard” gifts range from sponsoring a chicken or turkey for the 2013 feast to purchasing a community greenhouse quadrant or garden bed to adopting chicks, fruit trees, goats and alpacas. All gifts will be acknowledged with an ownership deed and holiday card that is sent to the chosen recipient.
“Essentially, Adopt a Farmyard is modeled after the Heifer International project where folks are invited to purchase gifts for their loved ones this holiday season that will in turn support elements of our farmyard (animals, gardens, and greenhouse), and our many programs,” said Eden Vardy, executive director and co-founder of Aspen T.R.E.E.

Thrift shop opens it doors for volunteers
The volunteers of Thrift Shop of Aspen invite the community and prospective volunteers to an open house on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at its store located at 422 E. Hopkins Ave.
Refreshments will be served and the shop’s cookbook will be for sale. “Aspen Cooks: Recipes from The Thrift Shop of Aspen,” highlights a “taste of Aspen” from a local perspective.
Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook, which costs $24.95 plus tax, will go towards the monthly grants that are given to nonprofits in the valley supporting arts, community, education, environment, youth activities, as well as college scholarships.
The Thrift Shop of Aspen was founded in 1949. More than 100 volunteer women operate the store, which donated $500,000 to valley nonprofits last year. Volunteers are always needed. For more information, visit

— Aspen Daily News staff