Community Note: Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival gives back

From left, Tina Miller, Tilma Zyla (EBT Board of Director), Melanie Rankow Prescott (EBT Board of Director), Claire Lafave, School Coordinator Island Grown Schools, Stephanie Burke, Erin Ready and Julia Celeste. — Photo by Sydney Mullen Photograp

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival (MVF&WF) closed its four-day run with check presentations to its beneficiaries, Island Grown Schools (IGS) and the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s (MVAS) Farmers Program. The Festival presented the IGS program with $3,500 and the Agricultural Society with $2,500.

IGS comes under the Island Grown Initiative umbrella and is the Vineyard’s farm-to-school program, which seeks to raise a new generation of Vineyarders who are connected to local farms and farmers, empowered to make healthy eating choices, informed about the food system, and engaged in growing food for themselves and their families.

The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society was established in 1859 and the purpose of their Farmers Program is to assist and provide funding to Island farmers and to preserve agriculture on Martha’s Vineyard.

“This year’s festival was extremely successful,” said Christina Cook, former president of the Edgartown Board of Trade and MVF&WF Committee Chair, in a press release. “It was a proud moment to be part of a true community initiative and partnering with IGS and MVAS was the real substance behind what this is all about. We are most grateful to the business communities here on the Island and to our sponsors.”

The MVF&WF was created by the Edgartown Board of Trade to enhance tourism on the Island and to support and promote Island initiatives through broad- based community involvement.

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