Interested in supporting a good cause? Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not do both? On April 13, The Nature Conservancy in Georgia
is hosting a party to benefit the planet. The Hoochie: Picnic for the Planet
has raised more than $3 million for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia and its work of protecting Georgia's woods, waters and coast.
The Hoochie picnic promises to be much more than your basic fund-raising event.
On Friday night, the Tophat soccer fields on Fairfield Road in Buckhead will be transformed into a picnic ground as guests enjoy live music, a birds of prey display, and sustainable gourmet cuisine. Sustainable eating is a hot (and delicious) topic these days as more people discover how important it is to know where our food comes from, how it's grown, and how our dietary choices affect our health and that of the planet. Conservation and the food we eat are closely connected, and that connection will be showcased at this year's Hoochie picnic.
The menu will include sustainable fare such as pastured poultry from Will Harris' White Oak Pastures
, sustainably harvested oysters and clams from partner Philips Sea Food
, and locally sourced pecans from the Flint River Basin
, where the conservancy is working with local farmers to implement efficient irrigation technology.
The Nature Conservancy is also taking an environmental approach to hosting the casual event, including details like offering reusable flatware.
But where you see yourself as a do-gooder or a party-goer, the 18th Annual Hoochie: Picnic for the Planet should be a fun evening.