“Healthy local produce for all, through sustainable farming and community engagement”
We grow food. We grow farmers. We grow community.
The Sharing Farm grows fruits and vegetables, and harvests
healthy produce to supply charitable food distribution organizations
in Richmond. The Sharing Farm educates the community about
sustainability through active volunteerism. Working together, The
Sharing Farm addresses food security, promotes organic practices,
educates young farmers and provides meaningful volunteer
opportunities for youth, adults and seniors alike.
The Sharing Farm values ecological stewardship, positive action
and collaboration. The Sharing Farm embraces empowerment and
inclusiveness, and acts with respect, gratitude and integrity.
Stewards of the Land
Adhering to all national and provincial standards for
organic certification, The Sharing Farm has not sought certification
because the majority of our food is donated. However, The Sharing
Farm uses only organic amendments for soil as well as only physical
barriers and organic solutions for pests and disease. As well, The
Sharing Farm manages their bees using sustainable practices; ensuring
bees have access to good forage and retain honey in the hives in the
winter to ensure winter survival.
A Bit of History
Mary Gazetas and several of her friends, were inspired to provide healthy food for our neighbours in need.
In 2001, the 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.
We are fulfilling our vision today, ensuring that low income
residents of Richmond have access to healthy local produce.
However, not all our produce is donated. We also sell our produce
in a variety of ways; the proceeds help us in our charitable work. On
average, year over year, 70% of all we grow is donated to the food bank
and community meals programs in the city.
The Sharing Farm grows food to feed Richmond families in need. 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 3 1/2 acres at Terra Nova Rural Park.
In our over thirteen-year history, we have donated well over 230,000 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 an Agricultural Community 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. We believe in treating our less fortunate with compassion and a helping hand. We hope you will help The Sharing Farm continue helping others.
Our financial supporters are instrumental to continuing our charity work. Their support allows for projects that become part of our history and legacy. Read more about their contributions here.
Our Community Partners
Richmond Food Security Society
Richmond Schoolyard Society
City of Richmond
Gilmore United Church
Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond Farm School
Richmond Family Place
Richmond Food Bank
Richmond School District
Turning Point Recovery Society
The RFTSP has a registered charitable number with CACR.