Food Access & Equity

A collaborative and community-led program which addresses food access and education in our community, Grow Your Own is a partnership of the best kind.

Ruby performing a food demo

The project – a collaboration between CAE, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, and NEK Kids on the Move – involves a steering committee of dedicated community volunteers with a mission to increase food independence, better health, and well-being through shared knowledge and experience. The program is supported by local sponsors and provides gathering spaces and workshops that focus on gardening, cooking, food preservation, and food processing. 

Interested in joining a gathering, or leading one? All gatherings are free and open to the public, and children are welcome. For more information, contact Ruby Dale-Brown or Bethany Dunbar.

Pies for People

In November, our annual Pies for People event brings together volunteers and gleaned local produce in the spirit of sharing the bounty of the harvest! Each fall volunteers make more than 100 pies from gleaned squash and pumpkins picked by elementary school students. The pies go to our neighbors at the pantry, schools, and nursing homes in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. This event is run in partnership with Sterling College, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, Green Mountain Farm to School, and area businesses. Check out the Pies for People Facebook page for more about this great event! 

Pies for People


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