To celebrate the kick-off of this year's agricultural growing season, the Waltham Fields Community Farms will hold its 12th annual "Sprout" silent auction event that features food, an open bar, live jazz music, and a live and online silent auction to help raise funds for the farm.
The event will take place April 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.
The event is a main fundraiser for the farm, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote local agriculture and food access through its educational programs and its practices of harvesting produce for local low-income residents and shelters for the homeless and needy.
Event organizers expect over 300 people to attend this year's auction, which will feature giveaways that include weekend stays in various parts of New England, farm meat and vegetable shares from local farms, gift certificates for local restaurants, theater and museum passes, and handmade quilts and art, among other unique prizes.
For the second year, organizers will also set up an online auction at esprout.communityfarms.org, and is open for bids through Sunday, April 21 at 11 p.m.
Guests at this year's auction will also be served a farm-to-table meal prepared by Cambridge-based locavore chef JJ Gonson, event organizers said.
Tickets for the event cost $50 for farm members, $55 for non-members, and $35 for each additional ticket after the first two are purchased.
For more information on the event, visit communityfarms.org.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org