On June 20, 2020 at their Annual Town Meeting, voters in the Town of Harvard agreed to contribute $150,000 of Community Preservation Funds toward the purchase of an agricultural preservation restriction (APR) for our Prospect Hill Orchard!
To ensure the long lasting future of harvesting fruit for hunger relief at our orchard, we have teamed up with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the Town of Harvard, Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT), and the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) to raise funds to endow our orchard through the sale of the APR, which will allow farming to continue on the land and prevent the property from ever being developed.
We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Jim McPherson as our new Executive Director. In this role Jim will further develop and carry out our strategic plan, policies, and goals – all in support of our mission.
Jim recently left Waters Corporation after a successful 31-year career where he held several senior level leadership positions. As a former Senior Director there, he brings with him extensive executive leadership experience both domestically and internationally. In addition to his outside experience, he has been involved as a volunteer at Community Harvest Project for over 7 years helping to support our Harvest Home Festival each fall.
In accepting the position Jim said “It is a privilege to join the Community Harvest Project team. CHP is a great organization with a focused mission, a dedicated staff, and enthusiastic volunteers. I am looking forward to working with the team to build on the success of this unique model.”
Jim joins us at a critical time in our season, right as harvesting has begun and our 20 partners begin receiving their regular produce distributions. To date over 12,000 pounds of fresh produce, including asparagus, lettuce, summer squash, zucchini, kale, onions, and peas have been donated, which represent over 50,000 servings. Over the next few months more than 200,000 pounds of produce will be distributed to our neighbors experiencing hunger, who are also those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and we will need help harvesting all 200,000 pounds. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please click here or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
2019 was a milestone year. At the conclusion of the 2019 harvesting season, we had officially donated over ONE MILLION pounds of produce for hunger relief in just 5 years. Nutritious fruits and vegetables were made available to 83,538 of our neighbors who don’t have enough nutrient-rich food to put on their tables. This benchmark, however, would not have been possible without our community of dedicated volunteers, staff, board members, hunger relief partners, interns, monthly givers, corporate sponsors and our hundreds of individual donors. To read about the Impact of One Million in our 2019 Annual Report, and all the people who helped us get there – click here!