The mission of Farm to Friend is to create a local network of small-scale growers and backyard farmers in Harvard who contribute a portion of their harvest for distribution to persons in our community who cannot afford to purchase local, healthy fruits and vegetables on their own.
The Council on Aging identifies recipients based on need. However, this program is not only for the elderly, anyone in the community who feels they are in need of this program is welcome to apply. Please contact the Council on Aging at 978-456-4120 for more information.
A weekly harvest is collected at the Harvard Farmers Market on Saturdays throughout the Market season. This collection is collated and distributed by volunteers immediately following each Market. We distribute what we can, when we can.
Growers/Farmers, Collection and Delivery Preparation, Home-Delivery, Communication, Volunteer Coordination
Who can be Farmer?
Anyone can be a farmer. There is no age limit and even those who are recipients can also be contributors.
What kinds of crops are best?
Many of our recipients are older and may not cook much. Our first priority would be fruits and vegetables that can be eaten raw. Examples are:
- Veggies: Cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach/greens, radish, peas, green beans, onions & scallions, carrots, sweet peppers
- Herbs: Basil, parsley
- Fruit: Watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, peaches, apples, plums
Do you accept items other than produce?
YES! However, these items must be prepared in a professional kitchen. We encourage patrons to donate baked goods and other prepared products that have been purchased from Market vendors.
Qualify to receive donations
Please contact Debbie Thompson of COA at 978-456-4120.
Please contact Kim Manning at 978-456-2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org