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Delaware Valley College partners with community on ‘Hope of the Harvest’

Jul 10, 2013

Hope of the Harvest

Last year, Delaware Valley College began the Hope of The Harvest Charitable Garden project to help combat hunger in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The College made a commitment of one acre of tillable land to be used for crop production that would be distributed to members of the local community.

With the help of students, staff, partners, and local volunteers the project produced nearly 16,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious food. 

The impact was immediately felt in the community. People who depend on food pantries were surveyed and they indicated that without fresh produce in their food pantries they would be forced to go without fruits and vegetables.

Due to the strong partnerships with Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC), and Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, the program has expanded this year.

The 2013 growing season for Hope of the Harvest will include three acres of land used to produce food for the local community.

The garden produces a wide variety of nutritious produce, such as: peas, corn, peppers, collard greens, kale, watermelons, cantaloupes, onions, and many others.

With the support of the community and the hard work of BCOC, Philabundance, DelVal staff, and students this growing season is shaping up to be a huge success yet again.

If you are interested in getting involved with the project, or volunteering please contact zachary.gihorski@delval.edu the community liaison at DelVal for more information.