Save the Date; Plantapalooza Plant Sale is Saturday, May 16th 2020!

Photo by Norm Eggert

Dreaming of warmer weather and being out in the garden? Mark your calendars for our annual plant sale fundraiser, Plantapalooza, on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. Prepare to explore a huge variety of annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, sun and shade plants, heirloom tomatoes, and new this year, specialty hot peppers. 

The first 1,000 attendees receive a free 4-pack of tomatoes!

For more information, visit our Facebook page!

All proceeds from this event will go toward supporting our mission of providing fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief.

Thank You 2019 Corporate and Foundation Grantmakers!

Every year Community Harvest Project relies on the generous donations from community grantors and local corporations to keep our programs up and running. 2019 was no different. Our grants supported every aspect of CHP’s work from operational support to specific programs and equipment so that we could carry out our mission of farming for hunger relief. 
Thank you to our generous grantors and corporate partners, listed below, who allow us to continue fulfilling our mission. In 2019, their support allowed CHP to host over 7,500 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds that helped us harvest and donate 417,644 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables through 16 local community partners serving 60,000 individuals and families across central Massachusetts.


Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

Avidia Bank

Bemis Associates INC

Bridging Peace Fund Of Tides Foundation

The CarMax Foundation

 Clif Bar Family Foundation 

DCU for Kids

 DELL Technologies

Doe Family Foundation

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

Eversource 

Fallon Health

The Fletcher Foundation

 Fred Harris Daniels Foundation 

Frederick E. Weber Charities Corporation

George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation

GlaxoSmithKline 

Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Grimes and Company INC

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Hoche-Scofield Foundation

Homefield Credit Union

IBM 

Intel

The J. Irving and Jane L. England Charitable Trust

 Liberty Mutual 

MathWorks

Nypro – A Jabil Company

People’s United Bank

Reliant Foundation

Robert Half International

 Schwartz Charitable Foundation

Stoddard Charitable Trust

Target 

TJX Foundation, Inc. 

Unibank  

United Way Of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Unum 

USAA 

Walmart

Webster Five Foundation

Wegmans 

Winning Home, Inc. 

White Charitable Trust

Yesod Foundation

The 200 Foundation


Thank You!

Orchard Assistant Job Listing

COMMUNITY HARVEST PROJECT ORCHARD ASSISTANT 

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit farm that engages volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. Through our volunteer farming programs and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families across Worcester County. 

We are currently seeking an Orchard Assistant to work under the direction of our Orchard Manager at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard. This 75-acre property includes approximately 27 acres of apples, an acre of peaches, and an acre of asparagus. The vast majority of our apples are grown for donation and harvest from late August to late October, with a small portion sold to select partners. 

The right candidate will have experience in orchard and/or other agricultural work, will be self-motivated, have a friendly personality, and enjoy working with individuals of all ages and abilities. See below for more information. 

Job purpose 

The Orchard Assistant is responsible for assisting the Orchard Manager by executing all agriculture operations at the Prospect Hill Orchard site and by creating a positive volunteer experience for all visitors. 

This is a full-time, year-round position. The typical work week is 40 hours with occasional additional hours with prior notice. 

Duties and responsibilities 

Assist in all orchard operations, including: 

Execute daily agricultural duties :

  • Weeding 
  • Mowing 
  • Planting 
  • Irrigating 
  • Fertilizing 
  • Equipment maintenance

Execute harvest duties 

  • Picking 
  • Processing and packing 
  • Delivery 
  • Assist with distribution partners
  • Execute skilled/restricted farm activities after necessary training 
  • Spraying fungicides, insecticides, PGRs, herbicides and plant nutrients. 

Assist in all volunteer operations: 

  • Work with Team Leaders to plan volunteer sessions
  • Oversee and work with volunteer groups
  • Work with farm interns
  • Provide a positive volunteer experience 

Benefits 

  • Compensation: $15 per hour 
  • Time Off: 20 days of paid time off / 5 days of paid sick time / paid holidays 
  • Employer-sponsored health insurance with 50% of coverage paid by CHP 
  • Employer-sponsored 401k plan (no match) 

Qualifications 

  • 2 years of agricultural experience, preferably in an orchard setting 
  • 1 year of tractor experience 
  • Knowledge of IPM and a Pesticide Applicator License a plus (If you do not have a PAL, training will be provided)
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds 
  • Ability to work in all types of weather including rain and snow 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Positive, self-starting attitude