We grow Food. We grow Farmers. We grow Community.
- To grow vegetables and to harvest healthy produce to give to charitable food distribution organizations.
- To promote sustainability through workshops on issues related to food rescue, food security, organic practices, farm gardens and youth.
- To link with other similar projects who embrace the spirit of developing food rescue initiatives for the hungry, food preservation and community development through collaborations and the sharing of resources.
The Sharing Farm grows food to feed Richmond families in need. The Farm is run by community members for community members, and is dedicated to providing fresh, healthy, local produce to our less fortunate neighbours. The Sharing Farm operates on a tiny budget, but thanks to the generosity of our over 1,000 yearly volunteers and the devotion of a small core of part-time staff, the Farm is able to provide thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables every year to community meals throughout the city and the Richmond Food Bank.
From a beginning involving collecting surplus fruit to give to the Richmond Food Bank, through growing vegetables on a small scale on donated land, The Sharing Farm Society now cultivates 5 acres between the Farm Terra Nova Rural Park and our Orchard in south Richmond.
In our over ten year history, we have donated well over 200,000 pounds. We have also grown as an organization transforming from our roots as the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project to a thriving community farm. As a Food Security education centre, we have formal and informal education programs that teach new generations of urban farmers and backyard gardeners. Mental health and addiction groups have been blended into our volunteer program as a form of horticultural therapy.
We believe passionately that what we do at The Sharing Farm is vital to keeping our community healthy. Many great thinkers have said that “a measure of a society is in how it treats its weakest members.” We believe in treating our less fortunate with compassion and a helping hand. We hope you will help The Sharing Farm continue helping others.
In 2001, a group of volunteers started the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project (RFTSP) by picking surplus fruit out of people’s gardens to give to the Richmond Food Bank. They were aided by Vancouver Fruit Tree Project and the Richmond Community Kitchen organization. In 2002 the project became a registered non-profit society with five founding directors. It expanded to growing vegetables on a small scale on donated land. Since then their efforts have expanded significantly. The Sharing Farm project now occupies over three acres in the Terra Nova Rural Park and has an apple and pear tree orchard at the foot of Gilbert Road.
In ten years, this community based farm has grown and distributed over 200,000 pounds of produce to those in need.
- 2001 Volunteer Richmond Nova Star Award for Innovation
- 2002 Scotiabank United Way Lower Mainland Community Spirit Award
- 2008 Volunteer Richmond Star Award for the Greenhouse Social Club
Our Partners and Financial Supporters
Financial and In Kind Support
Canada Summer Jobs – Service Canada
City of Richmond
Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
Heritage Office Furnishings
Home Depot Canada Foundation
McCarthy Tétrault Law
Roof Contractors Assoc. of BC
Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise
TD Friends Of The Environment Foundation
West Coast Seeds
Work Safe BC
Community Partners and Supporters
Canadian Mental Health Association
City of Richmond
Gilmore United Church
Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond Farm School
Pathways Aboriginal Centre
Richmond Family Place
Richmond Food Bank
Richmond Food Security Society
Richmond School District
Richmond School Yard Society
Turning Point Recovery Society
The RFTSP has a registered charitable number with CACR.