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In the past, the farm donated half a hectare of land to the Out of the Garden project, which helps those in need. But as the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic resulted in thinner or non-existent paychecks, “we started thinking about other ways we could serve more directly,” Van Wyk said.
Originally, the farm planned to give away only its products. But someone suggested applying for the scholarship.
“We applied for it on the spur of the moment without thinking we’d get it because we’re a small, new nonprofit and there’s so much good work going on in Greensboro,” said Van Wyk on Thursday.
With the grant money, the farm is now buying produce, meat and eggs from about 10 other farms in Guilford and Alamance counties to be entered in the raffle that will be held in the church parking lot.
People are given tokens that can be exchanged for market items.
Due to the corona virus, it is mandatory to wear a mask and social distancing is observed.
“We’re going to have a lot of volunteers so it’s easy to give people the products without them having to touch them,” she said.
The market will also have an East African section selling staples such as wonder berries, African eggplant, and goat meat.