The event, to be held at Cucurbit Farm from Oct. 8-10, will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness


The scarecrows soon to be lining the fence along Parker St. at Cucurbit Farm will be doing more than shooing away crows. They will represent individuals and organizations willing to stand up to the stigma of mental illness. Proceeds from the scarecrow making contest will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Middlesex. NAMI is a national, state, and local non-profit organization that supports, educates, and advocates on behalf of families coping with mental illness.


Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate in the contest. Each scarecrow will wear a sign with the name of the donor willing to “stand up to stigma.” The scarecrows will be on display for the full month of October. To secure your scarecrow’s spot along the fence, bring your $25 NAMI Central Middlesex donation to Cucurbit Farm at 32 Parker St. in Acton, and pick up your scarecrow starter kit/frame. Then bring your family friendly scarecrow back to the farm stand and hang it up on the prepared staked locations.


The Stand Up to Stigma event includes three days of farm fun family activities at the farm stand during Columbus Day weekend, October 8-10. Kids can touch a tractor, teens can try out the farmer selfie station, and you can pick your own pumpkin and try some fresh kettle corn. The Acton Garden Club will judge the contest that weekend, and representatives from NAMI Central Middlesex will be on hand to provide information and direction on mental health issues.


National Alliance on Mental Illness - Central Middlesex

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