Harvet of Hope set at Common Ground Church

NORTH LIMA- A local agricultural training and advocacy ministry is hosting its annual fundraising event to raise awareness of local farm products and promote the farming industry.

Goodness Grows will hold its third annual Harvest of Hope 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Common Ground Church (the former Mellinger’s Nursery), 2310 W. South Range Road.

The event features chefs from local establishments using local products to create seasonal entrees, soups and desserts, interacting with visitors to discuss how the dishes were made and where the products were gathered. There will also be live music by Scammin’ Jones, a brown bag auction and tours of the new attached greenhouse areas.

According to Greg Bowman, executive director at Goodness Grows, the event celebrates the ministry’s mission- transformation through agriculture that gives life- and raises funds to accomplish the ministry’s goals.

“Local product farmers raise quality potential, and we want to raise awareness of the farmers in this area,” he explained. “It’s an opportunity for many different publics to come together and see who is partnering with Goodness Grows in the areas of spirituality, special needs and agriculture.”

Bowman said the ministry is developing specialized adult education and special needs curriculum to instill skills most needed by local farmers, cultivating capabilities in individuals that will increase their employability and promote farming.

“Produce more farmers, but also increase interest in farming,” he said.

Goodness Grows is currently working with expert partners from Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University to adapt an adult-ed style “new farmer” training course to the learning styles of special needs trainees, targeting work skills that area farmers identify. The public training program at Joseph Badger Meadows Camp south of Kinsman in Trumbull County will be tied to a developing new farmer incubator farm aimed at wholesale vegetable production.

The Harvest of Hope 2013 chefs include Danny Catullo of Catullo’s Prime Meats of Poland with farmer Rick Molnar, BJ Sulka of Springfield Grille of Boardman, Adam Lee of The Sprouted Table of Youngstown with Russ Welch, Rory Cummings of Carmella’s Cafe of Boardman, Cori and Kalange Vassell of Cool Runnings Catering of Wellsville, Johnna Parke of Dutch Village Inn of Columbiana, Joe Radman of Bear’s Den Restaurant of Rogers and Christian Rinehart of O’Donold’s Irish Pub and Grill of Youngstown.

Admission tickets are $15 per ticket and $25 per couple. To reserve tickets call Goodness Grows at 330-549-9408.