The Harvard Community Garden strives to educate the community about the importance of local food and agriculture by demonstrating sustainable urban farming practices and providing hands-on learning opportunities.
We aim to promote our mission through activities available to the general public, including volunteer days, tours, the Harvard Farmers' Market, and other programming. Additionally, we seek to provide a tangible service to our community by donating our produce to Cambridge-area food pantries. We also use some produce for educational demos and meals in conjunction with the Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) Food Literacy Project in order to promote healthy and sustainable consumption. Finally, the garden provides a beautiful green space for the public to enjoy at any time of day.
• Educate members of the Harvard community and the public about food production, agriculture, sustainability and justice in the food system.
• Provide a community green space where classes, students, faculty, staff, and the public can engage with each other and with the garden space.
• Provide sustainably-grown produce to the local community.
• Become a model for school gardens and university urban agriculture education.
As the Garden’s main objective is to educate rather than to grow food for profit, we have the freedom to use any produce grown for educational purposes and for donations to those in need in the Cambridge community. During the summer and fall growing season approximately a bushel of produce is harvested each week. During the summer the produce is primarily donated to Food For Free and Faith Kitchen on Tuesdays after the farmers’ market (in conjunction with vendor leftovers). Food For Free then distributes the food to shelters and homes in Cambridge and Somerville. Summer interns help prepare and serve twice-monthly meals at Faith Kitchen. During the fall semester the food is donated to Faith Kitchen and used for Food Literacy Project and Garden Club cooking classes on alternating weeks.