Delaware Nature Society’s annual Farm to Fork fundraiser occurred Sept. 16 at Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville.

Nearly 200 guests joined together on the farm for the annual fundraising dinner, which sold out for the third consecutive year.

Guests arrived at twilight to enjoy a pre-dinner happy hour overlooking the pasture with Dogfish Head craft beers and hors d’oeuvres. After an hour of visiting with the Coverdale sheep, they joined for a family-style, three-course seated dinner next to the Community Supported Agriculture field. The menu featured food grown on the farm and prepared by Stefan Kandabarow, executive chef of The Whip Tavern. Guests also enjoyed cupcakes by Dia Doce for dessert and coffee by The Perfect Cup Café.

This year’s theme for Farm to Fork, “Flyway in the Byway,” honored the land management and conservation practices, which help contribute to biodiversity and habitats that support wildlife in the Red Clay Valley. Various species of birds have been spotted at Coverdale Farm, including long-eared owls, red-tailed hawks and American kestrels. Coverdale Farm Preserve is one of several preserves on which Delaware Nature Society is conducting a three-year bird banding study to evaluate land management practices on bird migration and habitat.

Sponsors of the event included Sanford School, Wilmington Trust, Dogfish Head, Adorn Goods, BrightFields Inc., Calvert Retail — Kitchen & Co., Harold Davis Photography, Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate, Sir Speedy, Popdot Signs, Montrachet Fine Foods, The Perfect Cup Café, Allison Iannone Photography, Wild Birds Unlimited, Diamond State Party Rentals, The Whip Tavern and Dia Doce.

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