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2016 Farm to Fork℠

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THANK YOU to everyone that helped make Farm to Fork a sold-out success!  How much did we raise? Read on…

Set for success! The LifeCamp dining room featured a visit to one of our Free Farm Markets with soaring cityscapes, vertical gardens, sparkling lights and gorgeous centerpieces made of fresh flowers and italian garden baskets.

During our opening reception, guests enjoyed a wine and craft beer tasting sponsored by Michael Cedro of Riverside Wines & Liquors along with samples of amazing artisan foods from Bobolink, Booker & Zinc, The Farm Cooking SchoolFulper Family Farmstead, and Readington River Farm. We would like to extend a big thanks to our vendors and to the amazing crew of teen volunteers that kept the event flowing smoothly from start to finish.

Our speaking program included our President & Founder, Chip Paillex,  our Special Honoree, Kate Hartford of Cecilian Worldwide, and our Board Chair, Jackie Etter.

Finally, guests dined on a delicious farm-to-table meal prepared by Ross & Owren Fine Catering and enjoyed sweet treats from Seasons 52 of Bridgewater with a cup of artisan roasted organic coffee from Black River Roasters before finding out what terrific prize packages they won in our Gift Auction.

We are very pleased to announce that Farm to Fork raised over $115K for America’s Grow-a-Row!
Proceeds raised at Farm to Fork will help AGAR reach their 2016 goals of donating over one million pounds of farm-fresh food to various hunger relief agencies in New Jersey while at the same time educating people of all ages about hunger, the importance of agriculture, and healthy eating.
We would like to thank our sponsors for the event:

It is a longstanding tradition among the America’s Grow-a-Row team members to ring our cowbells whenever we have great news to share.
Guests at Farm to Fork each received their own cowbell to help us ring in the great news that …
America’s Grow-a-Row has reached the major milestone of having donated
5 million pounds of farm-fresh produce since we began on 2002!
Have you ever wanted to support a specific AGAR program? Please consider donating to one of the following funds:
 
Fuel Our Mission!
If you have ever joined us for a community pick, you know just how important our three trucks are. Our trucks cost about $6,000 a year in fuel and maintenance to run. Make a donation specifically to our truck fund! Make a donation of any size specifically to our truck fund!
Complete the Circle!
Throughout the year we teach healthy eating and nutrition lessons and then provide fresh produce to those in need. Help us complete the circle by sponsoring a day for the recipients of our program to come to the farm and give back to the program by helping to harvest for others. In 2015, more than 380 recipient volunteers came to our farm to harvest watermelons, apples, string beans, corn, cabbage, tomatoes, and hot peppers to be distributed in their own communities and to other communities in need. Giving back is a great reward! Your donation will go toward sponsoring one of these important harvest events. Your donation of any size will go towards sponsoring one of these important pick dates.
 
Sponsor a Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Day!
It costs about $2,000 to bring a busload of children out to our farm to enjoy a day of harvesting, education, and fun. Make a donation specifically toward one of these exciting days. Make a donation of any size towards one of these exciting days.
Sponsor a Free Farm Market!
Our Free Farm Market program is run in poverty-stricken New Jersey cities and “food deserts” – areas that lack access to fresh, affordable produce. We work with agencies, churches, and community groups in Newark, Jersey City, Camden, and Morristown to set up markets during the harvest season that allow local residents in need to come and select produce at no cost. We offer a variety of free healthy fruits and vegetables at these markets and provide recipes and instructions about how to prepare the food in a healthy way. Your donation will go toward sponsoring one of these important markets. Your donation of any size will go towards sponsoring one of these amazing events.
Click HERE to donate and thank you for your generous support!