The Fall Festival is a beloved community institution at Stearns Farm. This is an opportunity to celebrate the harvest, thank everyone for their hard work all season, hear some very short speeches, and elect new Board Members. Please join us on September 27 at noon for a potluck, followed by the Annual Meeting at 1 pm.
The celebration begins at noon, but there will also be extended work hours that day. This is a great opportunity to put in some field work hours (harvesting potatoes, weather permitting) before celebrating the bounty of the season with a potluck lunch and time to relax with sharers and the farm crew.
An exciting addition to the program is a silent auction and food drive, organized by sharer Craig Barlow. Donate something you have canned, pickled, dried, frozen, or otherwise preserved from the summer share. Auction proceeds benefit the farm. Bring a contribution to the food drive to benefit local food pantries and shelters. Your contribution can be store bought dry foods (canned fruits and vegetables, past, grains, beans), or produce from your share. If you are donating produce, please bring it in a plastic or paper bag. For complete details click here.
Fall Festival Schedule
9 am-noon: Field work
10 am-1 PM: Silent auction. Tables will be set up for you to drop off your contributions and bid on items.
12 noon: The celebration begins with a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share made with farm produce. Please bring your own reusable dishes, cutlery, and napkins. Don’t forget to bring a beverage too.
Members of local bluegrass band Railroad House will play during the potluck.
1 pm: Silent auction bidders will be announced.
1 pm: Annual Meeting. The meeting is very informal and typically consists of brief speeches from the Farmer and the President of the Board of Directors, followed by Board elections.
There will be children’s activities during the Annual Meeting.
The Stearns Farm Board of Directors has openings and welcomes new Board members. All members of Stearns Farm are eligible to join the Board, and you can nominate yourself or someone else. The Board handles all the non-farming aspects of running Stearns Farm: budgeting, accounting, marketing, communications, fundraising, education programming, and community outreach. If you are interested in joining the Board or would like to learn more about the possibility, please contact Peter Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see who is currently on the Stearns Farm Board, click here.