A few years ago, the first two Harvest Share tables were built and set out in Tioga County.They have been such a great success, that two more have been added.What are Harvest Share tables?They are a way for gardeners with extra produce from their gardens to share with folks who could use some more fresh, healthy food.Got extra squash?Leave it on one of the tables.Need some vegetables?Take what you need.There is no income restriction to taking the vegetables—think of it as a way to share your bounty in a neighborly way. No need to wait for a pantry to open—the vegetables are available 24/7.
The original Harvest Share tables are located at Tioga Rural Ministry in Owego, NY (143 North Ave, Owego, NY 13827) and at the Lions Club community garden at the Inspire building in Spencer (57 E Tioga St, Spencer, NY 14883).
The new Harvest Share tables are located at CommonGround Christian Community Center (28 West Main Street, Owego, NY) and the Northern Tioga Center for Family Health (13293 State Route 38, Richford, NY). The CommonGround share table was built by Audra McFarland as part of her Girl Scout Gold project, with assistance from her uncle, Ken Birdsall.
The Facebook page for CommonGround says this in its post on the placing of the share table:
“Audra chose CommonGround to do her Girl Scout Garden Gold Project, which included a community harvest share table. Audra got a donation from Home Central for the materials, and the design was beautifully executed by Audra's uncle, Ken Birdsall.
The table is offered as a place for the community to share its abundance. As Audra and her team harvest the CommonGround beds, the produce will be placed on the table for any and all to enjoy.”
So calling all gardeners!Place your extra produce on the Harvest Share tables and help feed others in your community.
Locating the Harvest Share Tables:
Tioga Rural Ministry 143 North Ave, Owego, NY 13827
CommonGround Ministry 28 West Main Street, Owego, NY
Inspire S-VE 57 E Tioga St, Spencer, NY 14883
Northern Tioga Center for Family Health 13293 State Route 38, Richford, NY
Thinking of building your own Harvest Share table? Contact Barb Neal to get some rough plan ideas and share table siting guidelines.
Catholic Charities, 139 Roki Boulevard, Nichols, NY 13812
Agriculture Agent and Horticulture Educator
607-223-2753 or 607-793-6414 during business hours
Last updated December 6, 2021