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Letter: Town farm thanks supporters

Published 10:25 am, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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A heartfelt thank-you to our incredible supporters at Wakeman Town Farm. You bought out Grassroots, our first farm-to-table dinner (in three hours), and created a true grassroots community vibe, showing up in jeans on a picture-perfect fall evening to stroll the gardens, savor a fine meal, and enjoy one another's company.

Grassroots raised funds to further our mission to educate the community about farming, sustainability and getting out in nature. Some of the funds will help us build goat pens, increase our flock of chickens, expand our gardens and improve the farm. Other donations will provide camperships to children in urban areas.

Please join us in thanking our supporters.

Thank you to Jason Sobocinski of Caseus in New Haven, who kicked off the party with artisanal cheeses and raclette (melted cheese served over Sport Hill Farm potatoes), paired with Bellinis and Prosecco, provided by Tom Talmadge and our friends at Connecticut Distributors Inc. Tom and Peter Wormser did an amazing job manning the bar. Thanks to Emily Holden of the Troy Curtis Group, for the electric violin backdrop to the cocktail hour.

Hats off to our sustainable chefs, Frederick Kieffer of Artisan and Bill Taibe of leFarm and The Whelk, who worked side-by-side in a spirit of friendship to put out an incredible meal -- with produce supplied by Patti Popp,of Sport Hill Farm in Easton, followed by homemade apple tarts from SoNo Bakery's John Baricelli. Thanks to Westport's Liquor Locker for supplying both red and white wines to complement the meal!

While dining, guests were treated to the music of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, featuring Nica Wardell, Ethan Petno and Brianna Tam, followed by the acoustic guitar sounds of Ken Coulson.

We are grateful to our volunteer servers from Fairfield University and Staples High School, organized by Lisa Marriott. Thanks to Trish Williams, who spent the night keeping the diner service humming, and Lou Weinberg, who started as traffic cop and then rolled up his sleeves for KP duty.

We are equally grateful for the other servers, including state Rep Jonathan Steinberg, Jennifer Johnson (Westport Transit Co-Director), David Mann (Green Task Force chairman) and Shannon McAvoy (a leader in the N2N Challenge) and Bonnie and Bennett Dubson. Thanks to Mary Hoffman for pitching in -- from setup to fundraising.

Finally, a huge hug to Sal Gilbertie, who showed up with a truckload of gorgeous mums the night before the party and to Betsy Phillips, who made the setting magical by stringing the trees with illuminated wine bottles and Mason jars -- and creating stunning fall centerpieces.

Thanks to Shelterlogic, which generously donated a greenhouse and to Michael Lonsdale, who donated a high-tech projector system for outdoor movie screenings.

Our humble thanks to all -- from those who bought tickets, made donations, spruced up our grounds, volunteered and support our programs. We hope to see you all at our upcoming Family Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Liz Beller, chairman

Wakeman Town Farm