Raising Funds Down On The Farm

Since 2009 Wakeman Town Farm has been leased from the town.  The farmhouse has been renovated; a Community Supported Agriculture program is thriving; vegetable and herb beds, chicken coops, rabbit hutches and picnic tables have been built, and a harvest planted.

It’s all happened in just 9 months — the amount of time it takes to grow a baby.

But — like a baby — it takes money to raise a farm.

The planting is done. Time now for a Wakeman Farm Harvest Fest.

Green Village Initiative‘s 1st official fundraiser — called Harvest Fest — is set for this Saturday (Oct. 2), from 6:30-9 p.m. at Wakeman Town Farm on Cross Highway.

Mixing organic demonstration homestead with suburban chic, the event is a casual, fun evening under a tent — with cocktails, local fare, live music and a silent auction.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

  • Pizza from Skinny Pines, sliders from Bobby Q’s, dumplings from Chef’s Table, veggie kabobs from Sugar and Olives, treats from Galaxy Cookies, Chillwiches from Four Flours.
  • Wines from local and organic vineyards and Southport Brewery will be on tap.
  • Music by Westport recording artist Laura Meyers.

The silent auction includes:

  • A cooking lesson for 6 by Pietro Scotti of Da Pietro’s, followed by dinner prepared by chef Scotti.
  • A spectacular 32-square foot herb garden, assembled and planted, donated by Sal Gilbertie.
  • Gift certificates to The Dressing Room and Le Farm.
  • A cooking lesson and dinner for 8, with healthy local ingredients, donated by Alison Milwe Grace, owner of AMG Catering and Events.
  • Dinner for 8 at Sport Hill Farm.
  • 1 adult and 1 child’s bicycle from BMW of Darien.
  • And lots more!

Enjoy the Harvest Fest.  Overalls are optional.

(Tickets are $100 per person.  All donations benefit the farm, and enable GVI to continue to support local environmental and community change.  To order tickets, click here or call 203-227-5320.)

2 responses to “Raising Funds Down On The Farm

  1. The Dude Abides

    Excellent program and while we all miss Mrs. Wakeman, it is good to see lots of activity around her homestead. I used to wander the apple orchards with son Teddy (now a coffee farmer in Hawaii) over 55 years ago. I am curious: what kind of budget does GVI require and specifically, what does it take to keep the Wakeman project alive and well??????

  2. At $100 per person, the G” in GVI takes on another meaning. Wouldn’t something less than that attract more people and more believers?