As we wind down the final days of 2016 the team here at Community Harvest Project would like to thank our thousands of volunteers that volunteered with us this year. It is no small feat to produce the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that we do here, but as always our volunteers make it look easy. This year we hosted over 10,000 volunteers that served over 29,000 hours in a variety of capacities on our farms. We could not be prouder to have this great group of people supporting us and are already looking forward to getting back out into the fields in the spring. All of this effort is a gift to our organization and the community at large as we continue to try to help our neighbors improve their access to fresh and healthy food that is grown locally.
In 2016 we hosted 19 student interns from colleges and universities as close by as Worcester and as far away as Pennsylvania and Maine. Our intern program is designed to give students an inside view of the non-profit farming world but in the end they leave a lasting impact on our staff and volunteers. Their hours of work on behalf of our community is greatly appreciated. We also could not to the work that we do without the support and guidance of a fantastic volunteer Board of Directors. This mighty group works tirelessly on our behalf here and throughout the community. Our dedicated group leaders do the hard work organizing and communicating with the large groups that they organize from their respective organizations. Year after year we have hundreds of people working on our behalf within organizations throughout Worcester County and beyond. In addition we have countless teachers, professors, chaperones, program managers, troop leaders and parents to thank for their support in getting their respective groups out to the farm.
If you are familiar with us you recognize the many different roles that come together but there is one that stands out for their level of commitment day in and day out. Our Team Leaders allow us to run this organization seamlessly by providing the knowledge, guidance, expertise and general order to the work that we do. This small but mighty group stood strong with 42 active members in 2016 as they helped to manage each day with an exceptional amount of spirit and grit. We could not run our farming operation without this group of committed volunteers coming from all parts of Worcester County to help ensure a great experience for all volunteers that visit our farms. Please join us in offering a hearty thank you for all that they do, their hard work on our behalf is the secret sauce that is the main ingredient of our success.
We therefore would like to thank the over 10,000 volunteers, interns, Board of Directors, group leaders, teachers, professors, chaperones, program managers, troop leaders, parents and Community Harvest Project Team Leaders that selflessly gave their time throughout 2016 in order to help our community. We could not do this work without your support and stand humbled to be in your presence. Thank you all!