Farm to Table

Farm to Table representatives present a generous $2,000 donation to Father Jason Terhune, who accepts the check on behalf of the G-4 Gardening Community. The funds will be used toward the construction of a picket-style fence around the community garden behind First Presbyterian Church. Father Terhune anticipates the garden area will be completed by the end of April, depending on the weather. Pictured are (from left) Martha Golden, Emily Law, Father Terhune and Alex Boyce.

A generous contribution was given Tuesday by Farm to Table representatives to benefit the G-4 Community Garden project. The funds will help provide a fence around the garden located behind First Presbyterian Church.

“The money we make is used to beautify and promote projects in the community,” said Emily Law of Farm to Table

G-4, (Growing, Gathering, Gleaning and Giving), located behind the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of East College and Mulberry Avenue, is providing gardening space for members of the community interested in joining with others to create a large fruit, vegetable and flower garden. Some members use the vegetables for their families, while others will donate them to Hands of Mercy or other outreach organizations.

Father Jason Terhune of St. Mary Episcopal Church said the group is waiting to hear from the city regarding the restrictions or codes for the fence, but the group envisions a type of picket fence made of natural cedar so that there are no chemicals near the garden.

“It will beautify and define the area,” said Law. Funds for the fence stem from proceeds of the annual Farm to Table dinner.

The G-4 community is an outgrowth of the vision team led by Father Terhune, and in addition to members, it has many community partners including First Presbyterian Church, Leadership Lincoln, the Lion’s Club, the Regenerative School and Fayetteville Rotary Club. The City of Fayetteville donated leaves for a lasagna (layered) style garden, and Fayetteville Public Utilities donated wood chips for the beds. “We’re diverting what the city would be paying to dispose of,” said Terhune.

Additional piles of leaves are piled next to the garden to decompose and will be used for next year’s garden soil. David Bagley is turning the leaves with a tractor to help them decompose, said Law. Two flowering trees were also donated, one by Eugene Hamm, and the other by Father Terhune, and were planted in the vicinity of the garden in conjunction with a Rotary Club tree planting project.

Locally sourced foods and vegetables are prepared for Farm to Table’s annual fundraising dinner. Tickets for the 3rd Annual Farm to Table dinner will go on sale Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fayetteville Main Street office located at 104 Elk Avenue South. Tickets are $75 per person and the event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Howell Community Center.

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