Hope of the Harvest is sponsored by: Delaware Valley University, Philabundance, the Bucks County Opportunity Council, The United Way of Bucks County, The Land O'Lakes Foundation, The Reinvestment Fund , The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation/ Pharo Family Fund and the Littlefield Family.
The project uses DelVal land to grow fresh, nutritious food for low-income residents who are slipping through the food safety net. It was started in 2012 with one acre on DelVal’s main campus in Doylestown. During the first year, the project produced nearly 16,000 pounds of produce for people in need in the area. In 2013, Hope of the Harvest expanded to approximately two acres on main campus and one acre in North Wales, Pennsylvania, at DelVal’s Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Since then, Hope of the Harvest has participated in charitable garden start-ups and production outreach initiatives.
Charitable Garden Start-Ups:
- Currently consulting with two local not-for-profit upstart charitable gardens in Bucks and Montgomery counties, 2018
- Consulted with a new veteran farmer about organic high tunnel production, 2016
- Mount Carmel elementary greenhouse proposal consult, 2015
- Pine Ridge reservation grant application - consultation and DelVal students assisted in writing the greenhouse/high tunnel budget, 2014
- DelVal students assist Unami middle school students each year in our greenhouse, helping to produce their transplants for Unami's charitable garden, 2012 - present
- Allentown Carmelite Monastery fruit tree pruning by our students, 2014 - present
- Former Organic Certificate student Dave Heilman, in conjunction with Bryn Athyn College utilized a DelVal grain drill to help develop their farm land, 2016
- Donated a hoop house to the Philadelphia Park's Nursery in Fairmount Park for Provenance production nursery stock, 2016
- Rejuvenated an old orchard for a new local land owner, new to agriculture, 2014
- Helped prepare gardens for New Britain Community garden through manure spreading as well as primary and secondary tillage, 2013
- Helped farmer Eric Vanderhide of Barefoot Botanicals with primary tillage operations, 2012 & 2013
Since it was founded, Hope of the Harvest has produced more than 265,000 pounds of food. That's more than 204,039 meals!
The long-term goal is to grow the project to five acres, adding land each year and producing more each year than the last.
Community volunteers, students, faculty and staff work together in the garden to feed our neighbors. Hope of the Harvest is applying for grants to help feed more people and is funded by generous contributions from the community.