For the past 5 years, our employees in Madisonville have planted, cared for and harvested what we call The Green Acre – a 1-acre plot at Mahr Park to grow fresh vegetables and provide nutritional meal options to those who can’t afford sustainable grocery options. Typically, at the end of the harvest, we have our Annual Farm to Fork dinner. This year, as with so many other community events, it will look a bit different. Without the Farm to Fork dinner there will be an excess of fresh vegetables, but we knew our harvest could not go to waste.
The Christian Food Bank of Hopkins County, the Hopkins County Central High School Football team and Baptist Health in Madisonville are a few of the organizations benefiting from the Bank’s Green Acre harvest this year.
Farm to Fork is typically used as a fundraising event for local agricultural youth and the farmer’s market to support future farmers in Hopkins County and since its inception has raised over $25,000 for local FFA and 4H programs.
“As a Bank we are committed to ensuring that we still support our future farmers, even without the fundraising dollars from the dinner’s ticket sales, “said Kent Mills. “We will continue to have dedicated scholarships for those that move our community forward through agriculture.”