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Published on August 12th, 2015 |

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The Farmer Fund launch party draws 275 attendees; $30,000 raised

The Farmer Fund—an Atlanta nonprofit founded to serve Metro Atlanta farmers in the face of natural disaster—hosted its launch party Aug. 10, attracting 275 attendees. The group has raised more than $30,000 to date.

Local Three chef owner Greg  talks with Souper Jenny Levison and one of her managers at The Farmer Fund party.

Local Three chef owner Chris Hall talks with “Souper Jenny” Levison and one of her managers at The Farmer Fund party.

The total raised included $11,203, which was donated from a partnership between Field of Greens—an initiative from farmer Andy Byrd and Chef Ron Eyester to support local food and farmers—and Slow Food Atlanta—a nonprofit founded in 2000 to support good, glean, and fair food in Atlanta.

Farmers Fund Logo“The event was a roaring success,” said Lauren Carey, who co-founded The Farmer Fund along with Darla Synnestvedt, director of catering and events at Farm Burger. Carey, in another role, is executive director of Peachtree Road Farmers Market, which she points out is separate from The Farmer Fund.

The Farmer Fund is a non-profit formed to help local farmers who feed Atlanta’s families get back on their feet after sudden natural disasters, such as flooding or tornados, by providing grants through donations and fundraising.

Left to right, Hannah Chung, owner of Simply Seoul Kitchen, chats with Lauren Carey, one of the founders of The Farmer Fund.

Left to right, Hannah Chung, owner of Simply Seoul Kitchen, chats with Lauren Carey, one of the founders of The Farmer Fund.

“Those who attended the launch event were really connected to what we are trying to do,” Carey told BuckheadView. “They enjoyed meeting and chatting with the chefs and the farmers who took part in the event” as well as the food and beer from local restaurants and breweries, she added. DSC_0436

Each guest received The Farmer Fund’s 2016 calendar, featuring local Atlanta chefs in nothing but Hedley & Bennett aprons along with the farmers who grow their food. Calendars will be available for $20 at Peachtree Road Farmers Market this Saturday as well as The General Muir and Saltyard restaurants.

Live music at Monday’s party was provided by The Darnell Boys. There was also an apron fashion show and live auction emceed by Chef Chris Hall,

A party guest samples one of the food offerings at the party provided by MAX's

A party guest samples one of the food offerings at the party provided by MAX’s Wine Dive.

featuring enlarged prints of photos from the calendar shootings.

At Monday’s event, guests enjoyed food from: Kevin Ouzts of The Cockentrice, Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen, Patric Bell-Good of MAX’s Wine Dive, Nick Melvin of Venkman’s, Matt Marcus of Portofino, Zach Meloy of Better Half, Thomas McKeown of Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Chris Hall of Local Three, Cameron Octigan of Leon’s Full Service, Jeff Wall of Kimball House, Savannah Haseler of Twain’s BrewPub and Jeb Aldrich of Noble Fin.

There were many varieties of beer to sample for local breweries.

There were many varieties of beer to sample for local breweries.

The party goers found plenty of beer to sample from these breweries: Creature Comforts, Eventide, Monday Night, Orpheus, Red Brick, Red Hare, Second Self, Sweetwater, Terrapin, Three Taverns, Wild Heaven and Wrecking Bar.

The Farmer Fund 2016 calendar features photos of these chefs: Terry Koval, Wrecking Bar; Zeb Stevenson, Watershed; Jenn Robbins + Lesley Cavender, Avalon Catering; Stella Dillard + Cameron Thompson, Farm Burger; Steven Satterfield, Miller Union; Craig Richards, Andrew Isabella, Adam Evans, EJ Hodgkinson, Ford Fry & Kevin Maxey; Joey Ward, Gunshow; Nick Leahy, Saltyard; Todd Ginsberg, General Muir; Jenny Levison & Jessica Hanners, Souper Jenny;

The music for the party by Darnell was very fitting for the farmer focus of the event.

The music for the party by The Darnell Boys was very fitting for the farmer focus of the event.

Jarrett Stieber, Eat Me Speak Me; Matt Adolfi, Bacchanalia; Joe Schafer, Little Bacch; David Sweeney, Chef at Large, and Todd Richards, White Oak Kitchen.

Party guests look over some of the shots taken during the calendar photo sessions.

Party guests look over some of the shots taken during the calendar photo sessions.

Farmers who are featured on the calendar are: Paula Guilbeau of Heirloom Gardens; RJ Kessler of Planted Rock; Jenni Harris of White Oak Pastures; Charlotte Swancy of Riverview Farms; Ashley Rodgers of Serenbe Farm; Darby Smith of Sun Dog Farm; Meg Grevemberg of Little Flock Community Meat Co.; Joe Reynolds of Love Is Love Farm; Lauren Cox and Luca Caffettani of Woodland Gardens; Gabby Montoya of Summerland Farms; Jamila Norman of Patchwork City Farm; Russell Honderd of King of Crops Farm; Eugene Cooke and Nicole Bluh of Grow Where You Are, and Chris Edwards of Mayflor Farm.

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