Get Back to Nature: Shepherd’s Corner Farm Fresh 5K

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Guest Post by Diane Kozlowski, with Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center. Shepherd’s Corner is a 160-acre ecological refuge and oasis near Gahanna. The hidden gem–part of the Visit Gahanna Herbal Trail–is a treasure for visitors and residents, alike.
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Get your feet dirty in an all-terrain summer celebration during the 10th annual Farm Fresh 5K race and walk at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center. The fun begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Barn, 987 N. Waggoner Road in Blacklick.

The race offers a course that surveys the diverse landscape of Shepherd’s Corner. Run alongside a natural garden, through hay fields, across meadow trails and wooded areas. Young and old will enjoy the opportunity to view the beauty of the land as they complete the race course.

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Speedy Sneakers is timing the race with the IPICO Sports Timing system. After the race, all of the participants can refresh themselves with homemade vegan brownies and oat bars. Race prizes include a variety of gift cards from local businesses. Race information can be found at www.shepherdscorner.org/5k/index.htm

The Farm Fresh 5K supports the commitment of Shepherd’s Corner and the Dominican Sisters of Peace to provide naturally grown vegetables to local food pantries. Over the past seven years, 15,900 pounds have been donated. H.E.A.R.T in Reynoldsburg, the Griffin Center at Christ the King Parish, St. Philips Food Pantry, and Faith Mission are the recipients of the fresh vegetables. Shepherd’s Corner provides 60-65% of its harvest to feed the hungry of our community. Participants in the Farm Fresh 5K are partners in this life-sustaining effort.

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Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center, the site of the race, is an ecological ministry supported by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Visitors to Shepherd’s Corner discover a wide array of agricultural, educational, and spiritual opportunities. It is a 160-acre sanctuary surrounded by suburban development. In the midst of diminishing farmland and wilderness, Shepherd’s Corner seeks to provide a place in which people of all backgrounds can reconnect with the natural environment, themselves, one another, and the Creator who made them all.

Shepherd’s Corner is open to the public on Fridays from 10 a.m -5 p.m. April through November. The turf labyrinth, meditation trails are available for walking. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the patio. The small flock of sheep and their llama guardian, Alejandro Amigo, are often in the pasture welcoming visitors.

For more information on Shepherd’s Corner, the scheduled events and volunteer opportunities visit www.shepherdscorner.org and find SC on Facebook.

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