Vil­lage serves up fresh­est in­gre­di­ents at an­nual fundraiser

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Vir­ginia Lin­dak For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

KIM­BER­TON >> Cam­phill Vil­lage Kim­ber­ton Hills re­cently held its an­nual fall “What’s For Din­ner?” fundraiser and shared sa­vory farm-to-ta­ble dishes with the com­mu­nity.

Us­ing fresh veg­eta­bles, fruits and herbs all grown on­site at Kim­ber­ton Hills, a pro­fes­sional chef was hired for the night to cre­ate a tasty or­ganic meal, all for a great cause.

Cam­phill Vil­lage, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, is a life-shar­ing com­mu­nity where adults with spe­cial needs live and work side-by-side with res­i­dent vol­un­teers, farm­ers, gar­den­ers, artists, crafts­peo­ple and the like. Pro­ceeds raised from the din­ner go to­ward sup­port­ing these en­deav­ors through the Vil­lage Sup­port Fund or Gen­eral Op­er­a­tion Fund.

Bren­dan Tracy who works in the Kim­ber­ton Hills devel­op­ment of­fice, cre­ated the first “What’s For Din­ner?” event three years ago. Be­cause of its pop­u­lar­ity, the din­ner is now held twice a year, in Septem­ber and Jan­uary. The din­ner

It’s how peo­ple used to do things; back to your roots. The food is fresher, and it tastes bet­ter.”

— Chef Seth Wil­liams of the Lan­dis Store Ho­tel in Boy­er­town

also pro­vides the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the area with an op­por­tu­nity to see life in the vil­lage first­hand.

“I was so im­pressed by the healthy agri­cul­ture life of the Kim­ber­ton Hills com­mu­nity that I knew we had to high­light it,” Tracy said. “To­gether with so many help­ing hands, we de­signed the event to high­light the va­ri­ety of or­ganic and bio­dy­namic pro­duce we grow and the an­i­mals we raise. For those things we do not make our­selves, like beer and cheese, we reached out to our like minded friends.”

Chef Seth Wil­liams of the Lan­dis Store Ho­tel in Boy­er­town was hired to cre­ate and pre­pare the meal. Wil­liams is a re­peat chef for “What’s for Din­ner?” and said he en­joys be­ing a part of the night.

“I thought it’d be a great op­por­tu­nity. I’m fa­mil­iar with the peo­ple here and bio­dy­namic farm­ing. It’s great. It’s how peo­ple used to do things; back to your roots. The food is fresher, and it tastes bet­ter,” Wil­liams re­marked.

“We can pro­vide such a won­der­ful set­ting for peo­ple to come and ex­pe­ri­ence pro­duce that is fresh and lo­cal. This is our third year, and with two events a year, we are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­ued shar­ing the fruits of our labors with lo­cal neigh­bors as long as we are able,” added Felic­ity Jean, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Nes­tled in a cor­ner of the sprawl­ing Kim­ber­ton Hills land, is the Sakanac gar­den, an or­ganic Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture gar­den share. The Sakanac gar­den runs from May through Novem­ber, and sup­plies pro­duce for the vil­lage, as well as 300 shares, pur­chased by the public. Head gardener, Todd Newlin, runs the gar­den along with his wife, Mary. All pro­duce used in the “What’s For Din­ner?” meal was grown in Sakanac gar­den.

“The din­ner is an in­cred­i­bly unique op­por­tu­nity for me to see the food from its very be­gin­ning stages, to the high­est qual­ity of cook­ing. We high­light one of our strengths; the fact that we’re on the cut­ting edge of agri­cul­ture,” Newlin said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the dairy farm at Kim­ber­ton Hills sells milk and egg shares to the public. There is also a lunchtime café and a craft shop that are open on week­days, sell­ing food and wares made by vil­lage res­i­dents and vol­un­teers.

Cam­phill Vil­lage Kim­ber­ton Hills is a dy­namic farm­ing, gar­den­ing, and hand­craft­ing in­ten­tional com­mu­nity that in­cludes adults with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to its web­site. More than 100 Kim­ber­ton Hills res­i­dents, liv­ing and work­ing side by side, cre­ate a car­ing com­mu­nity for peo­ple of all ages and var­ied abil­i­ties on 432 acres in Ch­ester County, the web­site states.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at cam­phillkim­ber­


Chef Seth Wil­liams pre­pares the meal along with help from event cre­ator, Bren­dan Tracy, at the an­nual Cam­phill Vil­lage Kim­ber­ton Hills “What’s For Din­ner?” fundraiser.

Chef Seth Wil­liams takes the main course out of the oven at the an­nual Cam­phill Vil­lage Kim­ber­ton Hills “What’s For Din­ner?” fundraiser. Guests sam­ple or­ganic ap­pe­tiz­ers out­doors at the an­nual fundrais­ing din­ner for Cam­phill Vil­lage Kim­ber­ton Hills. Guests sit down to eat din­ner with Cam­phill Vil­lage Kim­ber­ton Hills res­i­dents.

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