Harvest Sharing Garden

When researching how to build a community garden we learned that wasted produce can be a big problem. It is easy to become overloaded with too much of a good thing and gardeners can end up with tomatoes spoiling on the vine.

In our planning we incorporated a program for growing food to donate year round, thinking that if we already have a donation system functioning, it will be easy for other CCG gardeners to add their excess to our donation. We call it our Harvest Sharing Program. We have 3 garden plots for growing veggies, one for growing herbs, one for rhubarb & strawberries, and 22 blueberry bushes.

In 2012 we gave away 860 pounds, in 2013 we gave away 1,300 pounds, in 2014 we gave away 1,600 pounds. In 2015 we gave away 1,480 pounds and in 2016 we gave away 1,250 pounds. Will we give away 2,000 pounds in 2017? Stay tuned!
Thank you to Renee's Garden for donating seeds to the CCG Harvest Sharing Program!
A well built reliable source of water is key to a productive garden. Thanks to Landscape East & West for installing our water lines &  hose bibs!
We harvest the evening before or the morning that we make our donation deliveries, we want everything to be in top shape.  Plastic bags donated to us by New Seasons are a big help. The bags also give us a place to label what we are donating.


  1. Thank you for donating food to Our House! I am a long term HIV survivor and I recently enjoyed some fresh spigarello and blueberries from your garden! Thank you for what you do- God’s work! I don’t think I have ever had such tasty greens!

  2. I love this whole thing you do with harvest sharing gardens. Now I'm curious do you have any apple or other fruit trees in your community gardens? I'm asking because I recently found out that community orchards are another great place to not only share food but cool off in the summer because of the shade. I might be working with a tree service company about planting apple trees in the community, to learn more about the tree planting aspect visit here. Any feedback on what you think of community orchards would be much appreciated.