Harvest of HOPE
Food security is a basic human right. Guelph has the means to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food for their families; however, 1 in 8 people in Guelph struggle with food insecurity and many more have to choose between feeding their family healthy food or more cost-effective food that does not necessarily provide the nutritional benefits that are needed in order to fuel their bodies and minds.
Led by Allan Kaastra, Harvest of HOPE is a 3-acre garden used to supply fresh produce to our bucks-based, choice-based Food Market throughout the summer and fall months. The produce in also used in our Edu-Kitchen programs, where community members cook and learn new recipes using the fresh produce.
Each year, volunteers harvest more than 50,000 lbs of fresh produce, and because we cannot use it all, the surplus is donated and delivered to other local service providers through our HOPE in Motion delivery vehicles. This ensures that people accessing different service points throughout the city can get good-quality, farm fresh produce.
“Being involved with this project and watching it grow has been an incredibly rewarding experience. We started with a crop of sweet corn, and are now providing summer and winter squash, beets, beans, potatoes, peppers and pumpkins.” – Allan Kaastra, Farmer and Bayer Group Employee
Harvest of HOPE is a program made possible thanks to the Bayer Group and their support of employee-led volunteer projects that make significant contributions to their communities.
You can support us in providing these powerful programs by donating here.