The Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony have a long association with the San Antonio Food Bank. As a part of the activities of our Community Outreach Committee we have performed fundraising concerts for them in the past and just this past fall we prepared food in their kitchen at Haven for Hope. Yesterday trombonist Patrick Montgomery, percussionist Dave Reinecke; bassist Nick Browne; harpist Rachel Ferris and her little girl, Tess; and violinists Mary Ellen Goree, Sayaka Okada, and Craig Sorgi traded their instruments for seedlings and a tractor and had a great time volunteering on the Food Bank Farm. They planted eight 530 foot rows of melons (1370 plants). The rows they planted will yield about 54,000 lbs of melons which will help feed about 2,800 families. Thank you to our new friends Farmer Mike, Andrea, Sebastian and Esther (she's also Nick's wife!) for making our experience so enjoyable and rewarding. If you've never been down to the Food Bank to volunteer, we highly recommend adding this to your "to-do" list. They are doing amazing things down there to help fight hunger in our area and make the world a better place. Thank you, Food Bank!
L-R: Violinist Mary Ellen Goree hands seedlings to bassist Nick Browne while percussionist David Reinecke gets an assist from violinist Craig Sorgi. Click the photo for more action shots of our musicians volunteering on the farm.