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Urban Harvest

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Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The four central goals of the program are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation.

Education

  • Urban Harvest has an open touring policy that allows all members of the public to tour the grounds and learn more about the program free of charge throughout the year.
  • Field trips to Urban Harvest provide hundreds of children each year with the opportunity to see the stages of the food cycle firsthand and participate in activities that empower them to make better nutritional decisions.
  • The grounds of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma are maintained by Urban Harvest as edible landscapes to demonstrate new ways of integrating food crops into ornamental settings.

Production

  • Urban Harvest utilizes organic growing practices to produce fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables year round.
  • All produce from the gardens is distributed to low income senior and childhood nutritional programs.

Outreach

  • By presenting educational activities on site at Kids Cafe programs, Urban Harvest engages children with limited resources in the food cycle and growing process.
  • Urban Harvest provides assistance to partner gardens with educational and/or charitable missions in the region.
  • Facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between community organizations, volunteers, donors and partner agencies is a key component of the Urban Harvest outreach mission.

Conservation

  • The organic growing practices at Urban Harvest create a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife on the grounds, and landscaping is designed to attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial species.
  • Garden debris and employee food waste are composted to provide a nutrient rich soil amendment for production while diverting garbage from landfills.

For more information about Urban Harvest please contact Mason Weaver at 405-600-3142 or mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org.

 

How to get involved with Urban Harvest

Tours

Urban Harvest hosts regular Open House tours.  It’s a chance for the general public to come in and see our gardens, greenhouse and facilities, as well as time for Q&A with our director and staff.  Tours typically last an hour and a half.  Urban Harvest tours depart at 3pm from the Regional Food Bank’s Volunteer Center.  Please arrive a few minutes early and dress for the outdoors.  Tours will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.  If at all possible, please RSVP to Mason Weaver at 405-600-3142 or mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org.

Tours are available at the following dates & times: 

  • Friday, May 30 @ 3pm
  • Friday, June 20 @ 3pm
  • Friday, July 18 @ 3pm
  • Friday, August 22 @ 3pm

To schedule a school field trip, corporate outing or other large group, please contact Mason Weaver at 405-600-3142 or mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org.

Volunteer

Individuals

Individual volunteers are integral to the success of our program. We are always thrilled to see new faces among our exceptional group of regulars.

Open volunteering hours at Urban Harvest are:
Thursdays and Saturdays
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (June through September)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (October through May)

Please click here to sign up for an available shift

Cotton gloves, tools and bottled water are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Please be sure to wear closed toed shoes and work clothes as well.

In cases of inclement weather (rain or predicted temperatures below 36°F) Urban Harvest volunteering will be cancelled.  Please call or email Mason Weaver at 405-600-3142 or mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org before coming if the weather is in question.

 Groups

Group volunteers help our program to accomplish huge amounts of work that would otherwise take days or even weeks to complete. We happily welcome youth groups, homeschoolers, corporate groups, student led clubs, church groups, gardening clubs, environmental groups and all other clubs and organizations to book a volunteering date with our program.

For more information on volunteering with Urban Harvest, please contact Mason Weaver at 405-600-3142 or mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org.

 

Plant a Row

Urban Harvest is proud to participate in the Plant a Row for the Hungry program, launched in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association. The program encourages gardeners to grow extra food to donate to food pantries serving the hungry in their community. All sizes of donations are welcome--from an extra pot or two to an entire plot of food.

Learn more about the Plant a Row for the Hungry program.

For more information on donation deliveries or to find a partner pantry in your community, please contact Mason Weaver at 405-600-3142 or mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org.

All Plant a Row donor receipts with poundage can be sent to:

Mason Weaver
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
3355 S. Purdue
P.O. Box 270968
Oklahoma City, OK 73137




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