Sixth Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner to Benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope

Buffet Featuring Locally Produced Food Set for Sept. 18

August 20, 2014

The summer harvest season is finding scores of local persons enjoying the produce they learned to grow through the Grow Food, Grow Hope Community Gardens Initiative.

As a means for celebrating its success and sustaining the widespread gardens outreach into 2015, Wilmington College and Sodexo Campus Services are co-sponsoring the sixth annual Farm-to-Table Dinner to benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m., at the pavilion near the Friends of Hope Community Gardens off Quaker Way across the street from WC’s Pyle Student Center.

The buffet dinner will feature locally produced foods prepared by Sodexo’s professional staff. The cost is $35. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased and reservations made by contacting Beverly Carpenter at Wilmington College, (937) 382-6661 ext. 273, by Sept. 6. Also, orders can be mailed with checks made payable to “Wilmington College” c/o Wilmington College, Office of Advancement, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177.

Grow Food, Grow Hope project manager John Deigan described the Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner as “a celebration of the spirit of community.”

Grow Food Grow Hope began in the wake of the DHL crisis as a “way of reminding our neighbors that solutions to many immediate issues can be found using their own hands,” he said. “With a bit of diligence and patience, vegetable gardening is a very empowering and relaxing past time.”

Wilmington College initiated the community gardens project in 2009 for Wilmington and Clinton County. The goal of the project is to use local agricultural resources to address community needs resulting from the area’s economic challenges.

The centerpiece of the initiative is a series of 40 4-by-12 foot small plot gardens on College land. The purpose of the gardens is to teach families and individuals — many of whom are unemployed, underemployed or on a fixed income — how to grow their own vegetables and supplement their food needs. Seeds, seedlings, tools and assistance are provided.

Complementing the fundraising dinner, a prize drawing for a vacation trip to Hilton Head, S.C., featuring a three-bedroom condo and rental car will be held that evening. Tickets are $5 each and five for $20, and can be purchased when making reservations.