Every so often an idea crops up that inspires action and commitment. Ten years ago, that idea was Harvest Dinner, an event dedicated to what we do best at Johnson County Community College: Supporting our students.
Serving up Scholarships
Centered around good eats and giving, Harvest Dinner benefits the JCCC Sustainable Agriculture program and Open Petal Farm. Between ticket and raffle sales, the event typically raises $3,000 to $4,000 each year. And with JCCC’s competitive tuition rates, these proceeds have the potential to cover tuition for most Sustainable Agriculture students.
As the demand for locally sourced produce and organic alternatives grows, students enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture program gain invaluable, hands-on experience with the opportunity to raise over 40 different crops on campus. Scholarships also enable these students to pursue sustainability research, internships and degrees.
Harvest Dinner 2018
On Aug. 24, attendees will savor three courses prepared by Chef Katy Conwell, a graduate of JCCC’s Culinary Arts program and co-executive chef of Stock Hill. Chef Conwell will design the menu using harvest-ready produce.
According to Jay Antle, Executive Director of Sustainability, “The dinner not only provides financial support for students in the program, but also serves as a public show of support for these efforts by attendees. Part of what the local foods movement tries to do is to reconnect consumers with the farmers who raise their food. This dinner helps make those connections.”
Sustainable Agriculture alumni will also be on-site to share how the program has impacted their educational pursuits.
After dinner, attendees will enjoy a free Light Up the Lawn concert featuring OLIVIA FOX.
Join Us in Celebrating a Decade of Dinners!
Interested in attending Harvest Dinner? Antle offers this advice, “This is a chance to celebrate local foods while supporting the next generation of farmers who we will lean upon to provide food to a growing population in ways that replenish the soil, rather than deplete it.”
Individual tickets are $55, or you can reserve an eight-seat table for $440. Space is limited; purchase your tickets today.
Unable to attend, but want to lend your support? Make a donation to the JCCC Foundation, or provide a local food-related item for the evening’s raffle. Reach out to the Center for Sustainability for more information at email@example.com.