Finnriver Farm & Cidery Journal
Community Harvest Dinner
On October 24th, the non-profit Community Wellness Project (CWP) and Finnriver partnered to produce a Harvest Dinner to benefit Farm-to-School programs at Chimacum and Port Townsend School Districts. 150 community members and school district staff came together at the Finnriver Cider Garden to share a delicious locally-sourced meal, prepared by Chimacum Foods Services Director Margaret Garrett, Port Townsend Foods Services Director Stacey Larsen, Finnriver Chef Willy Ray and other volunteers. Meal service was provided by volunteers and by high school students from both districts, and the evening included a dessert auction with delectable confections donated by local restaurants and food artisans. Bodies were nourished by good food, and spirits were nourished by stories of progress from both school districts.
CWP “Seedwork” project coordinator Shelby Smith says, "Good food helps students grow well, behave well, and learn well. When schools serve locally grown food in their cafeterias, students learn what fresh, healthy foods taste like, helping them form eating habits that will last a life time. As schools build relationships with local farmers, students develop an enhanced sense of place, the local economy is strengthened, and connections are deepened that keep communities healthy and vibrant.” With our co-founders’ roots as educators and school teachers and our mission to grow community— Finnriver is pleased to work with CWP and with the schools to support nutrition, school garden and community connect learning efforts.
The 2019 Harvest Dinner raised $13,500 for fresh, local food in our schools! Thanks to all who came together to make this such a successful, delicious, and heartwarming evening.
To learn more visit the Community Wellness Project.