On Thursday September 20, the AmeriCorps Vistas, Wilmington Alumni, the Advancement Office, Student Life, Sodexo, and countless others came together for the third annual Farm to Table dinner to benefit Grow Food Grow Hope (GFGH). The meal was made by Sodexo, but as for the ingredients, “everything comes from a local farm,” said Janet Renshaw, General Manager. Renshaw was quickly refilling dishes that included local ingredients like the ricotta cheese made by one of Harold Terry’s classes, and locally grown apples that were made into cider. The dinner was $25 per plate, and all of the proceeds went toward the building of a pavilion for GFGH. Erin Richardson, an AmeriCorps Vista, said, “This is the first time it has a clear purpose.” Richardson was referencing the fact that the money raised from past Farm to Table dinners was used for general expenses. With over ninety attendees, GFGH is well on their way to meeting this new goal.
The pavilion will be placed next to the community garden plots and its main use will be for cooking demonstrations. Families that share the garden plots are not only taught the proper techniques for growing their own crops, they are shown ways to prepare them.
Monte Anderson was the main founder of the GFGH project, and he stays highly involved. The AmeriCorps Vistas are also an integral part of keeping the project alive: they manage the compost bins to which Sodexo contributes their plant waste, and they assist the male and female Eco House students, among many other duties. After this academic year, however, the grant that allows Wilmington College to have Vistas expires. Another Vista, Desiree Bedford explained that this year’s Vistas are working to keep projects like GFGH sustainable, and one way to realize that vision is with the construction of the pavilion.