Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/24/16



Atlanta Nonprofit Supports Metro Area Farmers

Last Year’s Event Raised Over $30,000 and Attracted 275 Attendees


Atlanta, GAThe Farmer Fund—an Atlanta nonprofit founded in 2015 to serve metro Atlanta farmers in the face of natural disaster—will host the release party for its much-anticipated 2017 calendar on Monday, August 22nd, 2016, at The Cathedral of St. Philip (2744 Peachtree Road NW). Early Bird tickets are priced at $65 until August 1st and available here.

The Farmer Fund helps local farmers get back on their feet after natural disasters, such as flooding or tornados, by providing grants through donations and fundraising. Lauren Carey (Executive Director of Peachtree Road Farmers Market) and Darla Synnestvedt (Director of Catering and Events at Farm Burger) founded the nonprofit last year to serve the farmers who feed Atlanta’s families. The organization’s launch party (and 2016 calendar release party) in August 2015 raised over $30,000, including a $11,203 donation from Slow Food Atlanta and Field of Greens, and attracted about 275 attendees.

Beginning at 5:30pm, festivities will include lots of local food and beer, courtesy of the Atlanta chefs and breweries below, a chance to meet and mingle with local farmers, and live musicThe organization will reveal The Farmer Fund 2017 Calendar at the event, featuring Atlanta chefs in nothing but Hedley & Bennett aprons with the farmers who grow their food. The calendar’s theme will remain a mystery until the night of the event. All guests will receive a copy of the calendar to take home, and it will be available for purchase after the event for $20. There will also be an apron fashion show and live auction emceed by Chef Chris Hall (Local Three) featuring blow-up prints of calendar outtakes.

At the event, guests will enjoy food and beer from local Atlanta restaurants and breweries. Second Self Beer Company is collaborating with The Farmer Fund to create a different Farmer Fund beer each year as a fundraiser for the nonprofit, brewed with a different Georgia-grown ingredient. This year, they are debuting a Serviceberry Saison, with serviceberries native to Atlanta, picked from local parks by local foragers. The beer will be released for the first time to attendees at the calendar launch party and then will be available at restaurants around the state.


Restaurants providing bites:



Cooks & Soldiers

Farm Burger

Ladybird Grove & Mess



Smokebelly BBQ

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Breweries providing beer:

Creature Comforts Brewing

Orpheus Brewing

Red Brick Brewing

Second Self Beer Company

Brewpub & Billiards

Terrapin Beer Company

Three Taverns Brewery

Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wrecking Bar Brewpub


The Farmer Fund 2017 calendar features photos of the following chefs & farmers:


Suzanne Vizethann, Buttermilk Kitchen

Jeff Wall, Kimball House

Ryan Smith, Staplehouse

Hugh Acheson, Empire State South, 5&10

Savannah Haseler, Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards

Hector Santiago, El Super Pan

Zach Meloy, Better Half

Thomas McKeown, The Hyatt Regency

Hannah Chung, Simply Soul

Andreas Muller, Revival

Sarah O’Brien, Little Tart Bakery

Lis Hernandez, Arepa Mia

Rusty Bowers, Pine Street Market



Belinda & Dave Bentoski, Red Earth Farm

Linda, Tony, Mary & Lisa Scharko, Scharko Farms

Isia Cooper & Chris Clinton, Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet

Nicolas Donck, Crystal Organics

Ras Kofi, Truly Living Well

Michael Hendricks, Indian Ridge

Nuri Icgoren, Urban Sprouts Farm

Robin Chanin, Global Growers

Brennan and Gwendolyn Washington, Phoenix Gardens

Rachel Hennon & Crew, Wrecking Barn

Brent Hall, Free Wheel Farm

Wes & Brad Swancy, Riverview Farms

Matthew Bagshaw & Christi Hansen, Hungry Heart Farm


For Tickets| The Farmer Fund Website