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Healthy Harvest Community Farms to host annual 5K Walk/Run
May 17, 2017

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Healthy Harvest Community Farms will host its sixth annual 5K Walk/Run on May 27 at the Mirror Lakes Golf Club.

Funds raised from the event will go toward the farm greenhouses to be transformed into education centers for the community.

A non-profit organization, Healthy Harvest Community Farms is a community garden that works to provide the less fortunate with healthy food alternatives. The organization also educates people on how to plant, grow, harvest and prepare healthy foods.

"We invite the community to come out and invite everyone to get off their feet to walk or run the 5K," Joseph Pearson, founder and chief executive officer for Healthy Harvest, said. "It's completely inclusive to everybody."

Registration will start at 7 a.m., with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m.

Pre-registration will go on up until the week before the event. The early registration fee is $25; the fee is $30 the week of the event.

Children under 13 are free.

During the event, participants will travel through and around the golf course, then through the farm. It allows the participants to enjoy the scenic route while walking for a good cause for the community.

Participants are encouraged to bring their children and pets. Participants can push their child in a stroller throughout the walk.

"We got great people involved with it,"?Pearson said. "We have great things happening in the future, as well as what we have done in the past."

In conjuction with the 5K, Healthy Harvest will host a Community Day event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free food, music and fun activities, such as bounce houses and water slides.

"We educate people about healthy lifestyles and we promote that," Pearson said. "We do different events throughout the year to promote healthy lifestyles."

Healthy Harvest provides free boot camps for the community to participate in. It also grows food to donate to food banks and for the local community to enjoy.

According to Pearson, the farm greenhouses will still operate as greenhouses, but they will also provide the community the opportunity to come out to the farm and learn about what they do.

So far this year, the organization has held 16 classes in partnership with the local school systems.

To register for the 5K, visit online at: healthyharvestfarms.org/ or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/healthyharvestofleecounty/.

The Mirror Lakes Golf Club is at 670 Milwaukee Blvd.

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