Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm,

Every so often a spirit comes into this life with so much beauty and kindness that the gravity of the earth is unable to keep it tethered to a worldly plane. Such was the case with the recent passing of Berea alum, Sara Fuller, class of 2007. An avid adventurer, music lover, and local food connoisseur, Sara exuded a zest for life that was impossible to ignore.

To honor and share the vitality of Sara’s short life, her family and friends have created a memorial charity to help continue spreading her love and enthusiasm with those of us left in her wake. The goal of Sara’s Harvest Fund is to raise $10,000 between now and May 25th, her 28th birthday. These funds will be used to purchase products from the farmers at the Berea Farmers Market and beyond and then donated to area food banks, helping both local farmers and those in need of fresh, farm-raised goods.

In this season of growth and renewal, take a moment to reflect on all the abundance bursting forth from the long, winter nap and then pay it forward with a donation, whether small like a seed or large like an ancient oak. Don’t have any dollars to spare? Then consider being a ripple that passes this information along to friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers. There can never be too much good in the world and the best way to fill in the spaces left behind by friends and loved ones that have moved on is to continue spreading the joy and kindness they brought into your life.

The Berea College Farm will be spreading more joy and filling hungry bellies with loads of edible seedlings at Saturday’s plant sale from 10-2 down at the greenhouse on Scaffold Cane Rd. Just a reminder that future food (fruit, herb, and vegetable seeds and seedlings) can be purchased using EBT/food stamps, however the machine for doing so is located in the Agriculture Building so if you want to take advantage of this option, bring your card to the Farmers Market on Friday so you can pre-pay. If you’ve not taken advantage of our pre-pay system before, our friendly market students will get you set up so you’ll be ready for plant sales as well as food purchases when the Market moves outside on May 4th. In the meantime, stay tuned to next week’s edition when Kaleigh returns with news of the Agriculture Union’s Pig Roast & Field Day (farm tours, fun, and, of course… FOOD!!).

PS – Students, we still have summer hours available if you’re interested in growing plants, caring for livestock, working market, cooking food, or many other rewarding tasks that bring food from the farm to the table. Applications and job descriptions are outside the main office on the 2nd floor of the Ag. Building. Fill one out while shopping at Market!

Save the date:

April 13: Plant Sale from 10-2 at Greenhouse

April 20: Pig Roast, Field Day, & Plant Sale at Hunt Acres

May 4: MARKET MOVES OUTSIDE! St. Joe’s lawn from 9:00-noon!