GroundWork Farms aims to provide fresh, healthy foods to all members of our community, particularly those who would not otherwise have access to these products. Since our start in 2005, we have provided weekly donations to the Women’s Resource Center (now called Centre Safe) in State College, and in 2008 we began working with Strawberry Fields Incorporated, a non-profit agency that provides services to Centre County residents with developmental disabilities or mental illness. 

In 2020, we had the opportunity to add St. Andrew’s Community Cafe to our list, and it has been a pleasure to see to what great use they put our healthy fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products each week in their free community meals!

Our farmers send extra products as donations to these organizations. In addition, GroundWork’s provides a conduit for donations from CSA members and others who would like to help defray the costs of weekly deliveries of fresh foods to residents of Centre Safe, community members served by Strawberry Fields, or the volunteers at the Community Cafe. All of these organizations are doing important and inspiring work in our community and it is a privilege to be part of this effort.

Fran Mcdermid, CSA member and Strawberry Fields employee, reports on how the relationship between her organization and GroundWork Farms is working for Strawberry Fields’ residents:

One of the biggest concerns of human service workers is balancing the physical and mental health of the people we work with each day. As I was signing up for my Groundworks Farm CSA share, it dawned on me that this would be a perfect opportunity for the Strawberry Fields group homes to be introduced to fresh, organic food. Nell was kind enough to listen to my proposal and was willing to include Strawberry Fields clients as recipients of farm share donations.

Thanks to the generosity of CSA members, we received a share almost every week. The first eye opening experience for me was how few vegetables our recipients were able to identify.  The group I work with specifically began bringing fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to our meetings as snacks instead of sodas. While some of the vegetables initially scared them (purple green beans), they began to look forward to seeing what was “in the box”. The CSA shares helped them financially and nutritionally. Thank you so much to Nell, the Groundwork Farms farmers as well as all the CSA members who provided this much needed diversity and excitement to their diets!

“Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done.” –Starhawk

Interested in sponsoring a share for WRC or Strawberry Fields?

Contact Sarah: 814-321-6663 or groundworkfarmscsa@gmail.com