Farm Day will hit Waco

By Abigail Loop

World Hunger Relief Inc. is bringing a day filled with music, local vendors and farm-fresh food to the Waco community.

The free event, called Farm Day, will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the World Hunger Relief farm, located at 356 Spring Lake Road in Waco.

World Hunger Relief Inc. is an organization whose main purpose is to alleviate hunger around the world. It does this by training individuals in the art of agriculture to better improve the lives of others and also work with communities in El Salvador, Haiti and Liberia.

Waco junior Vanessa Baum, who works at World Hunger Relief Inc., said the purpose of the Farm Day is to inform the community about what World Hunger Relief is about.

“I think the best thing about this day is just raising awareness for our mission and our farm,” Baum said. “A lot of people don’t know about us. I urge Baylor students to come and see what we’re about and have a great experience.”

There will be many local and state vendors at Farm Day selling plants, food, ceramics, jewelry, and other crafts. Live music will be performed by local and student artists.

“There will be a lot of things to do for the family,” Baum said. “We will also have a petting zoo, a story time that will tell the history of World Hunger Relief Inc. and farm tours will also be available as well.”

Rebecca Mann, office manager at World Hunger Relief Inc., said that attendees will also be treated to a farm-fresh lunch.

“The lunch is going to come from our farm and we’re also getting some food from Baylor Campus Kitchens, who will be donating some food and vegetables,” Mann said. “Lunch is the only thing that is not free. It will be eight dollars for adults and four dollars for children.”

World Hunger Relief Inc. was started in 1976 and has had many Farm Days. Farm Day takes place twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Matt Heff, executive director of World Hunger Relief, said the organization is expecting a large crowd this year.

“This is just a fun time to hang out and see what we do and learn about our food system,” said Heff. “We usually get around 1,000 people and so it’s looking great again; we have even more vendors.”

Heff said World Hunger Relief Inc. is a place for people who want to make a difference. At Farm Day, they can learn more about its resources and what the organization does to help alleviate hunger.