Sharing the Harvest Community Farm

Farm Newsletter

2017 Annual Report

Welcome to Sharing the Harvest Community Farm!

Sharing the Harvest is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven community farm that was established in 2006 as a grassroots response to hunger at the local level. The farm’s mission is to alleviate hunger, promote volunteerism, and provide agricultural education on the south coast of Massachusetts.

Sharing the Harvest is embarking on its 13th season growing food for donation to those in need. Both New Bedford and Fall River are among the ten poorest municipalities in Massachusetts, with some of the highest concentrations of hunger in the state. In these cities, one in three children lives in poverty, and in Bristol County, one in five children is food insecure.

We rely on volunteers to fulfill our mission to alleviate hunger. Since 2006, volunteers have contributed 64,000 hours of service in 25,000 visits to the farm! This has made it possible for us to donate 547,000 pounds of produce to those in need.

The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of thousands of volunteers as well as public and private donations that we are able to serve our community. Thank you!

 

Farm News

Dear Sharing the Harvest volunteers, donors, and friends,

Thank you all, every one of you, for your hard work, dedication, and good will! None of this would be possible without you; you are the backbone of everything we do.

In 2017, we grew and donated 94,260 pounds of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables, an all-time record! We also donated 28,500 eggs, nearly 2,400 dozen! This was all possible because of a record-breaking number of volunteer visits: 4,300 total visits amounting to over 12,000 hours of service.

Since 2006, volunteers have contributed 64,000 hours of service in 25,000 visits to the farm. Overall, we have donated 547,000 pounds of produce to people who really need it. Pretty remarkable what we can do when we come together and work toward a common goal.

While I am not one to share much about myself, I want you all to know that you have made a tremendous impact on me personally. We never know how a job will impact us, but working at the farm beside all of you, who have become friends and family, has truly been a blessing. You have not only shown me the power of people who care, but more importantly, you have shown me time and time again that people really do care, are genuinely good, and will certainly go out of their way to help someone in need. I hope that others get to experience firsthand what I do each time we work together. It is remarkably humbling.

I hope to see you all very soon! You know where to find me.

Sincerely,

Dan King, Farm Director

 

FAQ

What does Sharing the Harvest grow?

We are proud to donate 100% of the food we grow to those in need. We grow pesticide-free, nutritious fruits and vegetables as well as pasture-raised chicken eggs. Our crops include asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, onions, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, and zucchini.

Where does the food go?

Our food is distributed by the United Way of Greater New Bedford to 18 hunger relief agencies throughout the south coast. Our partners include food pantries, residential programs, veterans’ associations, councils on aging, and Salvation Army and Red Cross sites.

PARTNER AGENCIES

New Bedford: ARC, Catholic Social Services, Harbour House, Harmony House, Home of Hope, M.O.L.I.F.E., PACE, Red Cross, Reflections, Salvation Army, Sister Rose’s House, St. Anthony of Padua

Fall River: Citizens for Citizens, Salvation Army, Veterans’ Association

Wareham: Damien’s Place

Dartmouth: Dartmouth Council on Aging

Fairhaven: Fairhaven Council on Aging

How can I help?

“Some go by giving to the farm; some give by working on the farm. Without both, there is no farm.”

Who can volunteer?

No experience necessary!

Sharing the Harvest Community Farm provides the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to learn about farming, participate in community building, and help hundreds of local families in need. Don’t worry! If you’re not familiar with the work we do on the farm, we’ll be happy to train you. Each time you volunteer, an average of 132 servings of food will be donated in our region.

Community groups from businesses, schools, and civic organizations also bring their energy and enthusiasm to the farm. We welcome groups of all sizes and skill sets.

What do volunteers do?

First and foremost, we expect everyone to have fun at the farm while we accomplish our work together. Our most common tasks are planting seeds in the greenhouse, transplanting seedlings into the fields, cultivating crops and harvesting mature plants. We also wash, weigh, and record the produce totals prior to donation.

What should I wear?

Volunteers help out with a variety of tasks on the farm, all work is done outdoors. It can be windy, rainy, sunny, hot, or chilly here. Be sure to wear layers of clothes and closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We recommend bringing sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle.

When can I volunteer?

From March to November, we have regular drop-in volunteer hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. You may choose to stay the entire shift or stay for an hour. We are grateful for any time you can donate. There is no need to sign up, just stop by.

Please contact us for our off-season volunteering opportunities at 508.993.3361.