The Community Harvest program began in September 2002 as an initiative to increase Brown’s support of food producers in the Rhode Island region. Community Harvest is committed to strengthening the local food system through educational programs and special events, as well as by providing a large-scale, steady purchaser for local farms. Since the program began, we have helped run a farmers’ market on campus; coordinate an annual Local Food Forum, Corn Shuck-Off, and Local Dinner; and purchase tons of local products to serve and sell on Brown’s campus. In addition, Community Harvest works with students and student groups to help organize Harvest Crews, Farm Tours, and other student initiatives focused on developing a strong local food system.
The After the Harvest (AtH) initiative, as part of Community Harvest began during Hunger and Homelessness week in 2005. Since ’05, AtH has helped coordinate efforts to both reduce food waste and re-route any appropriate overproduced food to either local hunger relief programs or composting venues. This initiative includes a partnership with New Port Biodiesel and composting through Earth Care Farms.