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Sharing the Harvest community farm

Overview

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 14th 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!

Volunteer

Sharing the Harvest Community Farm is fueled by our incredible volunteers. During the COVID-19 Crisis, Sharing the Harvest has made significant changes to how we incorporate volunteers to ensure safety and wellbeing. As we are currently not able to offer drop-in hours, we have established a signup system for volunteering that is structured to ensure that social distancing, handwashing, and other safety procedures are followed while welcoming volunteers to provide much-needed assistance in planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing produce and eggs for our community.

Sign up below for a volunteering shift today!

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FIELD TRIPS & GROUPS

Sharing the Harvest’s Field Trip Program is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you have any questions or would like to receive information once we are able to accept groups please contact: sharingtheharvest@ymcasc.org or call 508.993.3361.

Annual Farm to Table Event

This event features a group of local and visiting chefs, who have come together to celebrate the bountiful harvest of the farm and highlight the impact of the work that YMCA Southcoast does in our community.

Each gourmet dinner for two will be served "to go" which includes a bottle of wine, selected by Farm and Coast to accompany your meal, and a fresh bouquet of flowers harvested on-site at Sharing the Harvest Community Farm.

FAQs

What does Sharing the Harvest Community Farm 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 Hunger Commission to 19 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?

Sharing the Harvest Community Farm is fueled by our incredible volunteers. During the COVID-19 Crisis, Sharing the Harvest has made significant changes to how we incorporate volunteers to ensure safety and wellbeing. As we are currently not able to offer drop-in hours, we have established a signup system for volunteering that is structured to ensure that social distancing, handwashing and other safety procedures are followed while welcoming volunteers to provide much-needed assistance in planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing produce and eggs for our community.

If you would like to receive an email with the weekly volunteer sign up please use the link below or reach out to: sharingtheharvest@ymcasc.org

Together, we can fight hunger and improve the lives of our local children and families.