Willing Hands Partnership
One in every four Vermonters struggles with hunger, and although many of us don’t see it day-to-day, the Upper Valley is no exception.
At Cedar Circle Farm, we’re committed to our partnership with Willing Hands and to doing our part to provide fresh produce to Upper Valley families in need.
Half a mile south of our farmstand, behind our blueberry patch, is a 2-acre garden dedicated to growing produce for immediate distribution by Willing Hands. This garden is a collaboration between Cedar Circle Farm and Willing Hands and is maintained through twice-weekly work parties. On Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, Willing Hands volunteers and a dedicated Cedar Circle Farm employee plant, weed, harvest, wash, and pack produce for distribution. In 2017, over 16,000 pounds of produce was grown in the Willing Hands garden.
Each week, groups of Willing Hands volunteers come to Cedar Circle Farm to glean from our fields. The work of these dedicated volunteers means that thousands of pounds of fresh, organic, produce “seconds” don’t go to waste, but instead, get distributed by Willing Hands to more than 54 organizations that serve our neighbors in need. In 2017, these volunteers gleaned nearly 20,000 pounds of fresh organic produce from the fields at Cedar Circle Farm.