Leaders of the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church congregation have given their blessing to using the grounds at 1450 E. Dublin-Granville Road for a proposed Northland community bazaar.

Member Susan Mild made the announcement at the June 6 meeting of Northland Partners for Opportunity.

Jenny Lin, the organization's founder and chairwoman, announced the date has been set for Aug. 12.

The idea for the bazaar, which arose from discussions about improving local access to fresh foods, is that people from the diverse neighborhood would have the opportunity to sell homegrown produce and possibly homemade foods, as well as give cultural demonstrations and display ethnic crafts.

Lin said she would apply for a grant from the city's Department of Neighborhoods to help put on the bazaar. The grant, for up to $500, cannot be used for renting chairs, tables or tents, but can go toward purchasing gift cards and supplies, Lin said. If the proposed bazaar receives funding, she said the money would not be made available until sometime in July.

"It's a pretty short turnaround," she said. "I think we have a unique, interesting idea."

How to ensure participation also was discussed at the monthly meeting.

Jessica Elsayed, a Community Refugee and Immigration Services Americorps volunteer, said she would see what her agency could do to spread the word.

The Rev. Ted Schneider of Unity of Northland said his church, which is relatively new and serves the neighborhood, would be willing to pledge some financial support for the bazaar.

Participants also talked about whether the proposed bazaar was intended to promote Northland's diversity or be inclusive.

"Diversity is inviting people to the table," Schneider said. "Inclusivity is asking them to help plan the dinner."

"It's a welcoming environment we want to create," said Keith Hanson, manager of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Karl Road Branch. "We want to create and promote in order to get people from outside Northland to come see what's here."

"Building the community together is the main goal," Lin said.

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