As we end our year we need to ensure that we reflect back and offer a hearty thank you to the thousands of volunteers that visited our farms in 2018. This group of over 8,726 strong is the key to our success. During our early season they come out and plant thousands of seedlings, they pull weeds, harvest, wash and package veggies and help us put our farms to rest again at the end of the season. All of this work is done in the outdoors in the many types of weather that New England throws our way, sometimes several types of weather in one day. All of this selfless work and time is given so that we are able to grow and donate healthy locally grown produce to those seeking hunger relief services throughout the community that we serve. Through the work of our selfless volunteers and all of the hours that they serve we are able to function like a well oiled machine, for that we are eternally grateful.
In the midst of the large number of volunteers there is a small but mighty force of Volunteer Team Leaders leading the charge and helping to facilitate the work of our farms. In 2018 we had 45 Volunteer Team Leaders serve at our farms and they are the glue that holds this place together. Whether they are serving on an advisory committee, working in the fields with our diverse groups of volunteers, helping to prune or deliver to one of our community partners or volunteering at an event this group always can be counted on to represent CHP in the best of light. Their energy, drive and commitment is top notch and without them there would be no volunteer operation here at our farms. So, please join us in thanking our 2018 Volunteer Team Leaders for all that they do day in and day out to welcome and engage our thousands of volunteers. We could not do this great work without them and are humbled by their presence.
So, to all of our thousands of volunteers, 44 Volunteer Team Leaders, Volunteer Board Members, Advisory Committee Members and outside Group Coordinators we would like to say a hearty thank you for all that you do. It takes a lot of effort to make this look easy and without you all we would be lost.
Thank you all for your support and we hope to see you all back on our farms in 2019.