Hope of the Harvest Garden

On the grounds of Delaware Valley University, fruits and vegetables are planted and harvested to feed our friends and neighbors in need. Community partners have collaborated provide Bucks County food pantries with locally grown, healthy produce to supplement the non-perishable goods they distribute. This charitable initiative, known as Hope of the Harvest, produced over 15,000 pounds of food in its inaugural growing season (2012), 35,000 pounds in 2013, and 50,000 pounds in both 2014 and 2015! The initiative has provided cucumbers, cantaloupes, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, apples, kale, potatoes, lettuce and much more. Hope of the Harvest Charitable Garden partners are Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC), Delaware Valley University, Philabundance, The United Way of Bucks County, The Land O'Lakes Foundation, The Reinvestment Fund and The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation/ Pharo Family Fund.

The Bucks County Opportunity Council coordinates volunteers for the garden each year. Hundreds of BCOC volunteers have spent thousands of hours hours in the garden since 2013- and we'll need more volunteers in 2017 to stake, sow, seed, weed and package produce in the garden. Groups are welcome!

Where & When:  We meet at “The Market at Del Val,” 2100 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA at 8:30 am on scheduled dates.

How to Dress & What to Bring:   Wear clothes and shoes that you feel comfortable working and getting dirty in. Bring gardening gloves if you have them. You will be working in the sun for several hours so also be prepared with hats/bandanas, sunscreen, and water. 

What we’ll be doing:  Our tasks for the day will depend on the time of the season, the weather, and other factors. We will meet up with the coordinators from Del Val, who direct our activities for the day. Each day the activity varies.

Your department, family or organization can spend a morning making a difference at the Charitable Garden. Registratiion will begin in May, 2017. Contact Eileen at ealbillar@bcoc.org or 215-345-8175 ext. 209 if you have any questions.