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Wakeman Farm In Westport Raises $30K For Classroom Renovation Project

Wakeman Town Farm student volunteers pose with the $10,000 Seeds of Change check. With this grant, the town of Westport voted every day for two months to win the Farm $10,000.
Wakeman Town Farm student volunteers pose with the $10,000 Seeds of Change check. With this grant, the town of Westport voted every day for two months to win the Farm $10,000. Photo Credit: Christy Colasurdo

WESTPORT, Conn. — Wakeman Town Farm in Westport raised close to $30,000 to put towards its upcoming classroom renovation project. This is in addition to close to $75,000 in funds already raised over the past year.

Wakeman Town Farm is working towards building a community classroom to teach year-round classes in agriculture and sustainability to Westport residents.

Over the past month, many of the Town Farm’s fundraising initiatives, which have been in the works for quite a while, have borne fruit.

They include a grassroots “voting” campaign for a Seeds of Change Grant, in which the whole town -- from RTM members, to the First Selectman’s office, to the Westport Parks and Recreation team, to local students and farm fans -- got out the vote every day for two months to win the Farm $10,000.

In addition, Wakeman Town Farm’s 2015 Capital Campaign direct mailer recently brought in a $10,000 check from a local family foundation, as well as a number of additional donations from individuals and families in town.

A recent fundraising luncheon at Artisan in Southport featuring New York Times bestselling author Jane Green raised $5,000, and a farm apprentice won a $500 grant for the Farm from Connecticut Block Party, a local charity geared towards teaching students philanthropy. In addition, the Farm Team won a $2,000 grant from the Westport Rotary.

Finally, the Farm earned a $2,000 donation of yoga and physical education equipment grant as part of Wakeman Town Farm’s partnership with Staples High School’s Health Department, via a Pell Grant.

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