It is thanks to our many volunteers that we are able to plant, harvest, and distribute farm-fresh produce to the people who need it. Through their dedication and hard work, we have donated 1.5 million pounds of produce this year. Each year at our Thanks for Giving Barn Dinner, we recognize some of our extraordinary volunteers with awards.
The “Mighty MilleNNials” award went to Novo Nordisk for bringing out an enthusiastic and hard working team of young people to harvest heavy crops like cabbage and potatoes.
Our “Good Investment” award went to Peapack-Gladstone Bank for their consistent support through Farm to Fork advertising, harvesting and gleaning at every opportunity, and bringing extra awareness to our mission.
The “Rockin’ Rookies” award went to Morris County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals for embracing their first volunteer experience with us, including designing t-shirts, and for their sheer enthusiasm while helping others.
The “Collaborative Community Partner” award went to First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem for being essential in the creation of the “Feed Bethlehem” project on the South Side of Bethlehem — the second largest food desert in Pennsylvania. Along with their Breaking Bread ministry, they joined together three other organizations to ensure that the folks on the South Side would have access to a Free Farm Market every single week of the season.
The “Cleanin’ Up the Field” award went to BRAVO! Group Services for finishing off two fields of corn and cabbage and filling two trucks with produce, resulting in 140,000 servings harvested!
The “Farmer in the Dell-barton” award went to Delbarton School for going above and beyond in the fields. Their team helped to harvest, pack, lift, sort, build boxes, and more. Delbarton School has been a steadfast supporter for almost 10 years.
The “Golden Rule” award went to Marriott for their long-time support in the fields, for being a Farm to Fork featured food artisan, and for their dedication to making volunteering a family event.
Our “Free Farm Market Hero” award went to Rob McKenna for his hard work and dedication toward making our Free Farm Market program the best it can be by volunteering weekly and understanding the importance of not just giving a “hand-out” but of creating true relationships in the communities we serve.
The “Trail Blazer” award went to Alexandra Equestrian Association and Pittstown Trail Association for helping to maintain our fence line, generously volunteering their time in the fields, and for being wonderful partners in our mission.
The “Full Plate” award went to Prudential for being leaders in our employee engagement grant model (giving both financially and through volunteering); being long-time volunteers and bringing out the biggest volunteer group (200 people) for two years running; and for harvesting a “full plate” of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and corn all in one day.
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers! We look forward to seeing each and every one of you in the fields in 2018!