Sharing the Harvest Community Farm
Sharing the Harvest Community Farm is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven farm that aims to help fight hunger in our community. It was established in 2006 to reduce hunger, create volunteer stewardship, and increase agricultural education.
As Sharing the Harvest approaches its eleventh growing season, we are still battling hunger on the South Coast. Both New Bedford and Fall River are listed among cities with the highest concentrations of hunger in Massachusetts. In these cities, one in three children lives in a family unable to meet its basic food necessities.
Charged with the hunger relief mission, as well as community stewardship and agricultural education, Sharing the Harvest hosts thousands of volunteers each season working together to grow food for our neighbors. Thanks to those volunteers, Sharing the Harvest has donated more than 400,000 pounds of food and hosted more than 17,000 volunteers since the farm was founded!
The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of thousands of volunteers and through both public and private donations that we are able to serve our community.
We are proud to provide a wide variety of pesticide free, nutritious vegetables and fresh, free-range chicken eggs for our local community. Our crops include asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, onions, peppers, potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, squash, tomatoes, turnips, and zucchini.
Hunger agencies we serve:
Veterans Transition House, Pilgrim Church Soup Kitchen, Catholic Social Services, P.A.C.E., M.O.L.I.F.E., Immigrants Assistance Center, St. Anthony of Padua, Red Cross, Harbour House, Home of Hope, Harmony House, Salvation Army, Reflections
Salvation Army, Citizens for Citizens, Veterans Association, Holy Spirit of the Ascension
In season, the United Way’s Hunger Commission picks up the produce almost daily and distributes it to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and other emergency feeding programs, ensuring that 100% of the food grown on the farm reaches the people in need in our community.
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.
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.
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.
From March to November, we have regular drop-in volunteer hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 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.
Sharing the Harvest Volunteers,
Thank you all, every one of you, for all your hard work, your dedication, and good will! None of this would be possible without you all, you are the backbone on which we can build everything. So, thank you.
In 2016, we grew and donated just shy of 85,000 pounds of produce and donated almost 1,000 dozen eggs. We also hosted a record breaking number of volunteer visits (3,300+) and hours donated (nearly 10,000). Since the project began as raised beds in 2006, we have hosted more than 20,000 volunteer visits, 50,000 volunteer hours and donated more than 450,000 pounds of fresh, healthy produce (2.7 million servings) to people who really need it. Pretty remarkable what volunteers can do.
The last thing I want to say is that while I’m not one to share a lot, I want you all to really know that you have made a tremendous personal impact on me. We never know how a job will impact our own life, but working at the farm, working beside all of you who have become family and friends, has truly been a blessing. You have not only shown me what people who care can do, but more importantly, you all have shown me time and time again that people really do care, are good and will certainly go out of their way to help each other. I hope that others like myself who run programs or nonprofits get to experience firsthand what I do each time we work together. It is remarkably humbling.
~ Dan King, Farm Director. November 2016.