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About Hands On Harvests

Hands On Harvests grew out of a community initiative called Grow a Row FC, which was started in May 2020 to provide more fresh produce to food banks in Fairfax County and Falls Church, Virginia. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, pantries were experiencing a 400% increase in demand. Between May and October 2020, Grow a Row gardeners delivered 2,000 pounds of backyard produce and decided to continue into the next growing season. Hands On Harvests incorporated in July 2021 and received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in October 2021.

Our twin missions are to boost access to fresh produce and to reduce food waste. We support gardeners with free seeds, plant starts, and mentorship, and make it easy for gardeners and farmers to donate to food banks and other organizations that distribute fresh produce. We also are collaborating with partners to increase the number of community gardens in Northern Virginia, especially in food-insecure neighborhoods.

EIN:87-1609942.

 

Our Partners and Supporters

Hands On Harvests is proud to partner with many organizations, including Annandale United Methodist Church, Botanical Interests, Brown's Hardware, the Fairfax County Park Authority and Green Spring Gardens, Fairfax Master Gardeners, Food for Others, Fresh Food Connect, Meadows Farms, MOM's Organic Market, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Special thanks to Adria Bordas, senior extension agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension, as well as Kerry and Dan Beck, Chrissy and Mike Boylan, Diane Charles, George Ehrlich, Peggy Riccio, Nancy Roodberg, Sandy Tarpinian, and Grace Boey Taylor. Hats off to Sean Cunniffe for designing the logo, and deep gratitude to our organizational partners, volunteers and funders.

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HOH Board of Directors

The Hands On Harvests Board regularly meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm Eastern time. Meetings are open to the public; email us to request a Zoom invitation.

Stacey Evers

Chair and Co-founder

Stacey loves food and wants everyone to be able to put fresh, healthy food that they love on their table. She serves on the Fairfax Food Council Steering Committee, co-chairs its Urban Ag Work Group and is a member of the Falls Church Environmental Sustainability Council. She created an award-winning environmental ed program at a local elementary school and for 10 years has been exploring gardens and the outdoors with children. She's seen first-hand how early exposure to gardening can connect children positively to food and the environment and is eager to expand her work on the community level.

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Lisa Lanham

Vice Chair and Co-founder

Lisa brings more than 25 years of corporate experience in operations and program management as well as expertise in client services and training. Lisa has also been active in her local community, supporting food pantries and assisting with emergency relief efforts.

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Morgan Occhuizzo

Secretary

Morgan began her teaching career in Newport News Public Schools as a teacher of gifted learners. Working for Fairfax County Public Schools for the past 10 years, she has specialized in gifted and STEAM education. She also has served as a school administrator in Northern Virginia and in the Shenandoah Valley. Morgan is passionate about outdoor education and creating opportunities for schools to partner with local farms and environmental agencies in order to provide educational outreach and learning. She has worked with numerous organizations to create opportunities for school garden programs and food donation programs for students and families.

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Terri Lamb

Treasurer and Grow a Row Director

Terri has over 25 years of experience in Operations in the Financial Services and ECommerce fields.  She’s a Fairfax Master Naturalist and environmentalist.  She is a longtime gardener and incorporates edibles into her home landscape. (Her grandparents were farmers.) She believes that modern large-scale monoculture farming contributes to the poor health of many in our society and small-scale multi crop farms are one of the solutions.  She also believes this country produces enough food for all our residents. We just have to create and support systems that give everyone easy access to nutritious food and prevent food waste.

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Michelle Cabero Rogers

Board Member

Michelle Rogers is a member of the Fairfax Food Council's Urban Ag Work Group and a master’s candidate in the Nutrition and Food Studies program at George Mason University. She volunteers with Food for Others as Gleaning Coordinator for markets and farms and serves as a Spanish conduit by interpreting for native-Spanish speakers at community gardens. Michelle is passionate about healthy foods and helping communities that are struggling with food apartheid achieve access to fresh fruits and vegetables via community gardening and food rescue operations. Her personal mission is to empower local communities with nutritional access while helping to instill more sustainable norms and behaviors around food, the ecosystem and natural environment.

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