The Harvest for the Hungry Garden
The Harvest for the Hungry
Garden was founded in 1987 by Muchtar
of Emerisa Gardens, and Marge Cerleti. They established the Harvest Garden to grow food for the hungry. Christ Church United
Methodist generously loaned the use
of a one and a quarter acre parcel of land behind the church to help feed low income residents
of Sonoma County. Currently the Harvest Garden
donates approximately 25,000 lbs
of organically grown produce to various food programs (The Living Room, FISH, Elisha's Pantry, Redwood Gospel Mission and Bethlehem Towers).
By 1996 Geoff Rauch and Lyn Howe had taken over for Marge
and Muchtar. They initiated a new program for the garden. In addition
to growing organic produce, Lyn and Geoff added wildlife
habitat areas, a drip irrigation system, and initiated new gardening
practices such as the use of green manures (cover crops) and
In 1998 the Garden received a grant from the Community
Foundation Sonoma County to install the Wildlife
Habitat Garden. In 1999, with a second grant from the
a neighborhood habitat workshop, led by Lyn Howe, was held
to educate the Garden's residential neighbors about the value of cultivating wildlife habitat in their own backyards. One hundred
Also around that time, Vivien Hillgrove, owner of Mom's Head Gardens in Santa Rosa, Lynn and the Sonoma County Herb Association designedand installed the Medicinal Plant Garden, replete with many herbs still in use today.
In 2000-01 Lynn & Geoff designed our Backyard
Demonstration Garden. It includes many water-wise plants, fruit
trees (pear, apple & persimmon), 2 raised vegetable beds, a rose arbor, culinary herbs, and many California natives.
With the help of many volunteers, the Garden continues to
thrive. Classes and workshops are held each spring, summer, and fall. Our annual Spring Plant Sale is a regular community event and supports the Garden throughout the year. Come join us!
Harvest Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.