Harvest the North
Harvest the North (HTN) was created in 2015 with intentional collaboration of community members, small business, our local college and invested community agencies – all committed to growing food and building a healthy community.
North Hastings Community Trust has led this initiative and has worked closely with all of our community partners. In 2016, HTN grew from ten raised garden beds in River Side Park to 23 raised garden beds throughout Bancroft, with the addition of donated land at River Stone Residence.
The gardens are doing more than grow food – they are bringing us together and building a
stronger, more resilient community.
It is all of us making this happen – from the generous donations of our local businesses, expertise of local farmers and growers, commitment and hours of work from hundreds of people of all ages – building and growing – both food and friendships.The gardens continue to bring people together from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and has helped reduce both economic and social barriers to inclusion.
Indeed, the gardens have provided an exceptional example of community engagement, crime reduction and at the same time address local food insecurity issues.
Our successes within the community were further recognized when the Town of Bancroft awarded Harvest the North with a Community Safety and Well-Being Award in the fall of 2016.
Please see Community Food Cycle model attached for further information about the ways in which we are working together, our approach and our community partners. Community Food Cycle. (This file is a pdf and will open in a new window.)
We look forward to growing our gardens this year and continuing the important work of community engagement – it is our hope to continue to create a healthy, inclusive and edible North Hastings!
We are also celebrating the launch of Growing Stories Seed Library – as the Bancroft Library takes on this initiative. Growing Stories was started by Laurie Ann Storring at the end of her life in 2015, as she had a vision of making local, heritage seeds accessible to everyone. It is in her honour that we continue to save and honour the history of our seeds and the stories they tell.