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Food, fun fight world hunger

Nov. 4, 2010

By Grace Gaddy

Students looking to gather some fresh air can come out Saturday to enjoy a day of fun, food, music and learning, all in an effort to combat world hunger.

Farm Day is hosted by World Hunger Relief, a Christian organization committed to alleviating hunger through local and international sustainable development programs.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the World Hunger Relief Farm.

"It's an opportunity to come see a working farm where people are living in a way that sustains the environment," Beth Kilpatrick, development director, said.

"The goal is to educate people about what the farm does, to educate people about sustainable living, to expose them to the farm so that they'll support the farm, and to give them a good day -- just an all-around fun time."

Multiple activities will take place throughout the day, Kilpatrick said, including hayrides, demonstrations by local artisans, tours including an educational walk through a constructed third-world-country shanty, live music from local bands and presentations designed to educate people about poverty, hunger and how to make a difference. There will also be free farm-fresh food available.

Kilpatrick added that it is a great event to bring children to, with activities including pony rides and story telling times.

There will also be a special talk by Neil Miller, executive director for World Hunger Relief, titled "Growing Hope in Haiti" at

12:30 p.m.

"There will be a number of different activities to help people connect to where their food is coming from," Matt Hess, education director of the farm, said. "A lot of issues around hunger and poverty stem from a disconnect between the farmers and the eaters, so just making those connections can make a big difference."

Hess added that perhaps the biggest way Baylor students can connect with the farm and the efforts of World Hunger Relief is through volunteering.

"We have 120 volunteers that are needed that day to make it happen and probably 60 to 80 of them are Baylor students," Hess said.

The day will provide a chance for students to scope out ways to get involved, either through World Hunger Relief or collaborative efforts throughout Waco such as urban gardening.

Students can browse booths and presentations and stop in at the village store, where they can purchase locally grown food, fair-trade goods such as chocolate or coffee, and handmade crafts from around the world.

"Something really important to me is helping people connect with their food and learning where food comes from to start until it arrives on your plate," said Wess Smith, an intern at the farm. "I'm rather new here, but I have really enjoyed my time here. I'm really excited to experience Farm Day and share some of the things that we do here."

Students interested in helping can send an e-mail to for more information.

For directions, visit the website at