Community Harvest Project Inc. (North Grafton, MA)



  • Name:Kristin Bafaro
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Community Harvest Project Inc.
  • Address:37 Wheeler Road
    North Grafton, MA 01536
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:508-735-9567
  • Main fax:508-839-7402

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  • Mission:
  • To build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief

  • Overview:
  • The goal of Community Harvest Project (CHP) is to provide healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) who then distributes the food to local partner agencies. With rising unemployment, hunger is a growing issue for many families throughout Massachusetts and especially Worcester. Although we have a reduced lunch and a federal nutritional assistance program (food stamps), hunger is still an issue in the United States and especially Massachusetts. Society must find new ways to help families feed their children healthy food so that every child has a fair chance to succeed. Organizations in the broader Feeding America Network, including CHP, have this mission.

    CHP helps to aid in hunger relief by providing healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables to WCFB. Last year, CHP sent 250,000 pounds of fresh product to WCFB and this year is planning on sending even more (about 310,000 pounds). The methods to grow the produce are designed for a small impact on the surrounding environment, only using pesticides that eliminate insects that harm the plants and leaving the ones that are important to the local ecosystem. The soil is also annually tested to determine what nutrients to add to it to get the highest yield and healthiest crops. Last year, over 99,000 people in Worcester County made use of available hunger relief services (with food provided by WCFB), which is an increase of around 40%. It is adamant that CHP keeps doing what it does best, and doing it well. We need donors like the Lawrence Foundation to keep our operations running smooth and effective.

    CHP also advocates for hunger relief by educating the people about the hunger of Worcester County. We have a volunteer program where anyone can come and learn about what the organization does and actually contribute to the farming process. CHP thrives with the help of its many volunteers every year. The program engages the public in contributing to hunger relief so that they may give donations in the future and also contributing their time to the cause. This is effective in gathering support for the cause of hunger relief as a whole. Last year, over 9,000 people participated in the volunteer farming program at CHP.

    We are currently in the process of developing new programs, which will extend the reach of our mission and have the potential of becoming sustainable sources of revenue. These programs are the Nutrition Education Program and the Summer on the Farm Initiative. Through the Nutrition Education Initiative, students in 4th and 5th grade will participate in educational programming and volunteer at the farm planting, tending or harvesting vegetables. Through the Summer on the Farm Initiative, students entering 4th to 6th grade will engage in unique hands-on learning experiences exploring the themes of nutrition, health, and agriculture. Programming will include creative opportunities for students to develop meaningful experiences with food ranging from farm-fresh veggie tastings to guided historical hikes. We believe this approach of providing rich, informative experiences to children is a necessary step forward in improving the overall health of Worcester County residents.

  • History:
  • The Community Harvest Project story begins with a remarkable couple, Bill and Rose Abbott of Hopkinton, MA. Owning over 80 acres of fertile land and feeling a sense of deep compassion for their neighbors, the Abbotts began actively farming in 1970, donating the food they raised to local hunger relief organizations. In 1988, the Abbotts organized Food For The Needy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fresh produce for hungry families. Their work was devoted to another mission as well ­ education. Schoolchildren began arriving at the farm by the busload, helping with farm chores while learning about hunger, about farming, and about the good feeling that comes from helping others.

    In the mid­ 1990s, no longer able to keep up with the rigors of farm work, the Abbotts knew that steps must be taken to have this vital activity continue into the future. They formed the Elmwood Farm Society, whose leaders ultimately became the board of directors for Community Harvest Project. The new board worked hard to gather new volunteers and donors to insure the farm's survival. The Abbotts have since passed away, however their legacy and vision continue. In 2002, the organization changed its name to Community Harvest Project to more fully reflect its mission. After intensive planning, a new farming site began in North Grafton, MA, as a test case for what may become a pattern of farms across the region. A barn on the Grafton site has become the organization's headquarters and learning center, and last year, we were fortunate to add Cheney Orchards and White's Farm to the Community Harvest Project.

  • Year established:1988
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:13


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:04-3424018

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:043424018
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:37 WHEELER RD
  • Organization City:NORTH GRAFTON
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:01536-1104
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 230
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Farming
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:K20
  • Asset Amount:$3,702,155
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$851,268
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$827,326
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:10:48 pm

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