Harvest of HOPE
A volunteer-driven community garden harvesting farm-fresh produce for families across Guelph
Food security is a human right.
Unfortunately, 1 in 8 people in Guelph struggle with food insecurity.
The Harvest of HOPE is an initiative to make good food more accessible in our community.
What is Harvest of HOPE?
Led by farmer and Bayer Group Employee Allan Kaastra, Harvest of HOPE is a 3-acre community garden tended and harvested by volunteers.
Each year, Harvest of HOPE puts an incredible 50,000 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables on people’s plates across the City of Guelph. Harvest of HOPE helps families escape food insecurity through important initiatives like:
- Our HOPE House Food Market, a choice-based pantry program that provides community members with fresh produce and other household essentials
- Edu-Kitchen workshops, where community members can learn practical cooking skills and recipes that empower them to eat more healthily and make nutritious meals for their families
- Other local service providers through our HOPE in Motion delivery vehicles, which distributes surplus produce from Harvest of HOPE to touchpoints at all different corners of Guelph
Harvest of HOPE is possible thanks to the support of the Bayer Group and their employee-led volunteer projects, which make significant contributions to their communities.
“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
What is Food Insecurity?
A person is ‘food insecure’ when they have inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial circumstances. It does not mean they have no access to food, but that they lack the means to afford healthy, nutritious meals on a day-to-day basis.
Here in Guelph, many of our neighbours depend on more cost-effective food options with less nutritional value to feed their families. Not only does this mean they consume fewer fruits, vegetables, and other important sources of vitamins and minerals, it also puts them at greater risk of health problems like obesity, mental health concerns, and chronic disease.
As a community, we can all help to ensure that every family has access to fresh, nutritious food that fuels healthy bodies and minds.
HOPE House operates and advocates on the belief that poverty, food insecurity, inequality, health and community are all interconnected. Your donations support Harvest of HOPE and other powerful programs in our community.