Harvest @ Home Partners and Volunteers
Thank you for your interest in Harvest @ Home. This Community Action Group is a partnership made possible by Cherwell Community Larder, Oxford Mutual Aid, Abundance, Good Food Oxford, Oxford City Farm, Replenish, Community Action Groups Oxfordshire and local councils and allotment associations. Harvest @ Home receives guidance from Cllr Ian Middleton of Cherwell District Council. You can find out more here:
If you are just here to give us some money, please donate here:
Our goal is to get more people growing their own produce. At the moment our program prioritises households experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID crisis, but after that the plan is to roll this out to the whole of Oxfordshire. We are working very closely with the council to facilitate this program, but we welcome partners and volunteers of all sorts.
Some of the things we plan to organise:
Our main product is a garden starter kit. Ideally a largest kit includes containers, tools, gloves, compost, plug plants, seeds, and fertiliser. Ideally this will supplement a family's produce for about 10 weeks in the summer. We also plan to offer smaller kits, indoor/windowsill kits for houses without garden space, potato bags, and generally cater the specific plants to people's needs.
We plan to organise a few donation drives for the following:
seedlings and plug plants
containers: pots, planters, troughs (and potentially engage people to make pots)
We plan to partner with local community gardening programs to create a series of guides, including showing growth stages of seeds, potential tips for beginners, or even troubleshooting. Replenish has featured a "trash to treasure" guide that teaches people what household trash can be repurposed for planting that we also hope to feature. Co-Grow is a new facebook group that brings many local associations together for the purpose of broadening the gardening community.
We will encourage all recipients to become part of local online gardening communities to encourage participation and promote success. If possible, we hope people can share any excess from harvests with one another.
We are still organising this effort and are trying to centralise our potential partners for the Harvest @ Home program.
Please fill in the form below to help streamline that effort. If you have any questions at all feel free to e-mail us at
or call 01865 817676.
Where do you live (general area e.g. Cowley, etc, or out of Oxford)?
What sort of partner are you?
Please tell us what entity you represent if you are not an individual volunteer.
Indicate any activities you would like to be a part of:
Starter kits (helping families plan their own, helping source sponsors/materials)
Drives (planning or organising local drop off points in your community)
Guides (writing, maintaining sites, testing ideas for photographs, helping us spread the word)
Community (maintaining social media, spreading the word, connecting people)
Funding (writing applications, contacting potential sponsors)
Organisation (administrative issues, governance, delegation, protocols, records)
Outreach (helping identify recipients)
Raw material provision (identifying donors, or donating yourself)
Marketing (social media, posters, potential PR/Youtube interviews)
Recruitment (for program recipients as well as partners and volunteers)
Program evaluation (follow up with our recipients)
Planting and maintaining community gardens
Let us know if you would like to contribute to this project in other ways we haven't indicated above
Anything else you would like us to know?
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