Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is the only non-profit in the area dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement. Through our volunteer farming programs, education initiatives, and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families in need across Worcester County.
Founded by Bill and Rose Abbott as Food for the Needy in Hopkinton, MA in the 1970’s, we continue to grow and donate fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals and families in need in our community. Community Harvest Project is now headquartered at the Brigham Hill Community Farm and includes White’s Farm, both in North Grafton and leased to CHP at no cost. During the 2014 growing season, we will farm approximately 16.5 acres at the two locations. For the good of our volunteers and the environment, CHP is committed to sustainable farming best practices, including water conservation, soil testing, and organic-certified pest controls. During the 2013 growing season, CHP grew and donated over 324,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables from our farms, which equate to 1.1 million servings of fresh produce for individuals and families in our community who otherwise may not have access.
In addition to our crop of fresh produce, CHP produces another important outcome: opportunities for community building through community service. CHP brings together thousands of volunteers – individuals, families, local businesses, corporations, school, church and civic groups – to plant, tend, harvest, wash and box the produce. By taking direct, hands-on action at our farm, members of our community play an effective, visible role in solving a critical local problem. During the 2013 growing season, over 9,500 volunteer visitors participated on our fields and in our greenhouse and washing stations, working hard, having fun, connecting with neighbors and improving access to healthy foods for more individuals and families in our community.
Community Harvest Project is currently seeking Summer Interns for the 2014 Farming Season. Please follow the link below to learn more about how to join us this summer.