Harvest of HOPE - It Takes a Village

Planting, tending and harvesting a garden that produces over 50,000lbs of produce annually takes a lot of work! 

Thanks to dedicated volunteers and over 700 hours of volunteer service, our Harvest of HOPE garden feeds 1,000 people a month from August until November each year!

An Interview with Allan Kaastra, Lead Farmer - Harvest of HOPE


1.What brought you to HOPE House?

My wife Shiona and I had volunteered for a number of years downtown Guelph prior to HOPE House initiating. When the doors first opened at HOPE House, we felt it was good opportunity for us to make more of an impact by using our gifts to help those within the community.

2. What do you like about volunteering at HOPE House?

Volunteering at HOPE House has allowed me to share my passion for agriculture with those that want to learn. Initiating the Harvest of HOPE project has allowed me to lead a small group of people to produce high quality vegetables and share them with the community. Farmers have a big role in feeding a growing population, so while tending the gardens, we would discuss things like: how to grow your own vegetables in your back yard, or understand how larger farms manage the complexities and challenges from seeding to harvest, and even hot topics like how the government regulates pest control products.

3. How have you seen HOPE House change lives?

I have to admit you won't find me in the actual building where HOPE House resides very frequently, my playground is the farm. But that said, I've seen how the produce grown and harvested has strengthened the Guelph community, especially between relief agencies. When we harvest vegetables, I know that HOPE House will utilize what was donated and not waste it. They will also share excess produce to other agencies, which in turn creates a relationship of trust and sharing among a group of agencies rather than each agency working for themselves and on their own. The power of community is amazing.

Read the Harvest of HOPE Story
Left: Sherwin-Williams
Right: Calvary Baptist Church   
Thank you to Sherwin-Williams and Bayer Crop Science for planting and to Calvary Baptist Church for helping to tend and weed! 
Left: Project Serve
Right: The Cooperators
Thank you to Project Serve for helping harvest and to The Cooperators for taking on the fall squash harvest! 

One last thing.


HOPE House is a finalist to win $25,000 through the Oaktree grant. Our project is to start a social enterprise café employing youth experiencing barriers to employment.  

Working supports personal dignity and we are working hard to create employment opportunities for individuals experiencing poverty as a pathway out of poverty.
To do this we need your help to move this project forward. 
Voting is simple. To vote, all you need is to follow this link, add your name, email and simple phrase (i.e. well done,  a note of encouragement or support of our project, a story of your experience with HOPE House). 

Please consider voting for our project
and promoting this project to your networks.

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