Farming

 

The Chester County Food Bank is not a typical food bank. Through our farming program, a collaboration with local farms & organizations, the Food Bank distributes and grows produce.
 
To strengthen the commitment to growing, the Food Bank brought on Bill Shick, as full time farmer to direct the agricultural programs. With the help of thousands of volunteers, CCFB grows and harvests at Chester County farms. The Food Bank in partnership with Pete’s Produce & Farm in Westtown (Pa), manages a sustainable year-round growing program so that we can continue to provide local, fresh produce even through the winter.

We grow more than 25,000 pounds of mixed vegetables at Springton Manor Farm,  Pete’s Produce & Farm and other area farms. In addition we grow approximately 90,000 pounds of sweet corn annually. In 2014, our farming program will expand with new farm partnerships. We will increase seedling production at our greenhouses at Springton Manor Farm and the Technical College High School at Pennocks Bridge. We will grow 50,000 seedlings for our partner farms and for our raised bed garden program.

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