After hosting farmer's markets throughout the summer and up until last Saturday morning, Farm-to-Table is ready to celebrate the completion of a fruitful season with Harvest Fest on Sunday, October 16th at Lloyd Square Park. Founded by two AmeriCorps VISTA members a couple years ago, Harvest Fest applauds the use of local foods in our community. In addition to the traditional kids' games and festival activities, Anne McHale, Glendive's current Farm-to-Table AmeriCorps VISTA member, ensured that the use of local foods will be a primary focus of the day. New this year are booths for local farmers to sell their produce, a salsa contest, local apples for the customary cider press and caramel apples, and demonstrations on making goat cheese and saving seeds by Montana State University extension agent, Bruce Smith.
Montana Campus Corps members from Dawson Community College will help with the extensive process of setting up and taking down the event. Also, using 85 straw bails, students will construct a children's hay maze-the first of many games they will help provide for kids. Last year, MTCC students painted faces and put on a popular cupcake walk while the women's basketball team sold a homemade hit, Buccos, which will be available again this year.
With Charlie Denison and Joe Drivdahl playing music and all kinds of community organizations like the Nurturing Tree, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H, and Girls Scouts participating, this year's HarvestFest is sure to stand out as an enjoyable day while celebrating the fruit of our farmers' labor this harvest season. The event begins at 12:00PM and will last until 4:00PM. See you there!
By Jacob Kilgore
Campus Corps Leader
Jacob Kilgore is the Campus Corps Leader. His article is from the Office of Community Involvement at Dawson Community College. He can be reached at [email protected].