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August 11, 2017

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Fundraiser for the farm

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More than 200 people attend the “Feast from the Field,” raising more than $27,000 for the Fauquier Education Farm.
Raised by the Fauquier Education Farm’s fifth annual dinner July 29, according to Executive Director Jim Hankins, the nonprofit’s only employee.

Held at Moriah Farm just east of Warrenton, “The Feast from the Field” drew 215 people. Individual tickets cost $75; sponsors contributed $250 to $5,000 apiece.

The organization’s fiscal 2018 budget totals $108,255.

Since 2011, the education farm has leased 10 acres just south of Warrenton from the county for $1 per year.

Cultivating about seven acres, farm volunteers this year hope to grow 50,000 pounds of vegetables to donate to food banks in Fauquier and the area.

First-year cost to compensate, train and equip a fire/rescue technician, according to Fauquier County Fire/Rescue Chief Darren Stevens.

That includes $87,592 for salary and benefits, Mr. Steven said.

The department expects to fill six vacant technician positions by Sept. 1.

It has 77 uniformed and five civilian positions.

The agency’s fiscal 2018 budget totals $8.2 million.

People took part in the summer reading program at the three Fauquier County Public Library branches. This year’s program started June 10 and ended Aug. 5.

Participants included:

• 1,233 pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders.

• 371 teenagers.

• 134 adults.
Children and teens read a total of 1,112,953 minutes, which translates to 18,549 hours, according to library Public Information Coordinator Lisa Pavlock.

The number of backpacks full of school supplies that Fauquier FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) gave away to children in need on Saturday, Aug. 5. Fauquier FISH as well as citizens, churches, and businesses sponsor and pack the book bags.

5 percent
Employee turnover rate for Fauquier County Public Schools during 2016-17. A total of 137 employees resigned or retired, according to a new report from the school system.

The turnover rate has continued to decline since 2012-13 when it stood at 8.9 percent.
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