As the season creeps closer toward Thanksgiving, we at Foxhollow Farm are reflecting on our Fall Festival in October and have much to be thankful for.
In the last nine years, our annual Fall Festival has become a family tradition for many in our corner of the world. We look forward to the event all year long as a way to bring the community together and create a space for wholesome family fun.
We are grateful we had the opportunity to welcome over 10,000 of our friends and neighbors to experience a working farm.
We are grateful we were able to work closely with members of the local business community and create ties with community nonprofits.
Most of all, we are grateful we were able to donate more than $30,000 to Maryhurst this year, with the support of our community.
Our mother and daughter proprietors, Janey and Maggie, started this festival nine years ago with a few friends and a lot of hope. That first year, 100 people came to drink hot cider and listen to a boys choir sing on a warm autumn afternoon.
Since its humble beginnings, the Fall Festival has benefitted numerous local community groups and nonprofits, most notably Maryhurst, a nonprofit agency for abused and neglected children, to whom we have donated more than $100,000 during the course of our partnership. Donations from the Fall Festival have fully funded an educational raised bed garden on the Maryhurst campus and supported clinical interventions that help the abused and neglected youth of Maryhurst heal and regain a sense of hope and self worth.
Along with the event, the farm has grown over the past ten years, becoming a key figure on the local food landscape. Seeking to combine our mission of connecting the community to local food and our desire to benefit local nonprofits, Maggie joined the board of Dare to Care Food Bank in 2015. Seeing how they engage the community in feeding our neediest members and strive to provide fresh food, Maggie saw an opportunity to align missions. After years of donating produce from our garden, we are ready to donate much more
We are looking ahead to the Fall Festival’s 10-year anniversary in 2017 and welcoming Dare to Care Food Bank as our primary beneficiary. Dare to Care Food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community in feeding the hungry and conquering the cycle of need. Proceeds from the 10th annual Fall Festival will benefit Dare to Care Food Bank and Foxhollow Farm’s Outreach Program, which includes continuing our series of Maryhurst field trips to the farm. Dare to Care Food Bank will use the funds from the Fall Festival to increase their clients’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables, which can be difficult for struggling families to acquire. Dare to Care Food Bank plans to distribute at least 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce in the next year, through their network of more than 300 local social service agencies, such as food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens. We are happy to partner with Dare to Care Food Bank to benefit the community, from farm to food bank to family.
Since that first autumn afternoon nine years ago, Foxhollow’s annual festival has grown from an intimate field party to a commanding presence on the fall family calendar. The team at Foxhollow Farm is dedicated to service and will continue to invest in and support the community that has invested in Foxhollow Farm.