MANCHESTER - Tall Spire Farm, a project of First Congregational Church in Manchester Center, recently made a donation to Manchester's Community Food Cupboard of $1,020.30. This contribution represented proceeds from a community farm stand project that FCC spearheaded and managed this spring and summer.

The mission of the Community Food Cupboard is to provide food for those in need in our area. Hundreds of low-income families receive assistance from CFC, which distributes about 15,000 pounds of food each month. CFC is a member agency of the Vermont Foodbank.

Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, Tall Spire Farm was launched in March, 2013. TSF provided volunteer growers with vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs to grow, which were harvested and sold weekly at a stand at Equinox Valley Nursery. EVN also donated their children's garden space and garden materials for it to the project. The farm stand was open for from mid-June through mid-September and had 305 customers.

"Launching Tall Spire Farm was a truly heartening endeavor - the idea engaged people and the project raised awareness about food accessibility issues in our area in meaningful ways," said Liz Ruffa, Tall Spire Farm's Coordinator. "Many thanks to our customers, our wholesalers, our Tall Spire kids who made it such fun every Saturday, and to Roger and Penny Preuss at Equinox Valley Nursery for hosting us.


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We look forward to developing this initiative further in 2014 and beyond."

For more information about Tall Spire Farm, contact First Congregational Church at 802-362-2709.