Harvest Dinner planned for Jeffers community garden

Local non-profit organization Madison Farm to Fork will host a Harvest Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Erna Reints Memorial Garden in Jeffers to celebrate National Make A Difference Day.

Natasha Hegmann, AmeriCorps VISTA/Grow Montana Food Corps member, organized the event in hopes of bringing the community together and to recognize the value of having a community garden program.

“This is a potential resource for the community to use, and the idea is to let people know that its out there and encourage them to take ownership in the project and participate,” Hegmann said.

The dinner will overlap with a service project activity to take care of some end-of-the-season clean up around the garden. Projects range from pulling dead crops, planting perennials and mulching to building birdhouses and a tool shed. Other activities include cider pressing and pumpkin carving and painting.
Barbara Hoag has put a lot of time and work into the Erna Reints Memorial Garden, and she reflected on its importance to the community.

“The community garden is tremendously valuable to residents in the area who care about where their food comes from and people who like to garden but don’t have any place to have a garden at home,” Hoag said. “So they have any opportunity to grow vegetables, flowers, whatever they would like to grow in our garden.“

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m., with the dinner of chili and baked potatoes being the main event. The event is free and open to the public.

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