York Fresh Food Farms is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to cultivate community health through access, affordability, and agriculture. We serve the City of York to increase access to safe, healthy food choices and build a healthier community through the operation of a sustainable, organic, community-based demonstration farm. We welcome visitors. Call Farm Manager, Bruce Manns, at 717 424 2813 to schedule a visit.
York Fresh Food Farms supports the operation and success of community gardens throughout the City of York.
Our tool library, provided in partnership with the City, is available to all organizers and gardeners working across town and is located at the Cottage Hill Community Garden at 351 Cottage Hill Road. Other community gardens supported by York Fresh Food Farms include Church at Court at 335 S. Court Street, 516 N. Pershing Avenue and 500 S. Queen Street.
If you would like to volunteer to offer a hand in these gardens, please go to our Get Dirty tab and let us know!
Get Your Hands Dirty:
a free, farm-based learning program for York City kids.
The 2021 Get Your Hands Dirty program was a farm-based or experiential learning program for York City kids to have fun outside and experience where food comes from, how to grow vegetables, making healthy food choices, learning about plants, insects, the environment, the weather and fresh food and motivate children to try new foods.
Get Your Hands Dirty provided City kids with once-a-week active farm experiences including: growing plants from seed, vegetable gardening, learning how plants grow, why plants are important, about fruits and vegetables, about worms, about insects/pollinators and making healthy food choices. Two experienced educators and volunteers lead the program’s lessons, activities, crafts and projects. The program was held behind 1195 Roosevelt Avenue.
We are very grateful to the following funders that have helped make the Get Your Hands Program possible in 2019:
The Harley-Davidson Foundation
The William R. and Esther Richmond Foundation and PNC Charitable Trusts
The Women’s Giving Circle of York County Community Foundation
The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation
C &S Wholesale Grocers
Whole Kids Foundation
Sow With Us
Are you an individual, business, or organization with a mission akin to ours and interested in exploring how we might work together to bolster our community, its health, and awareness of food production, systems, and its effects on our environment? We are all for creative collaborations and would love to sit down and see what seeds we might sow together to produce life and love in the City of York 💚
Email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation.
Volunteer Tributes from the Farm’s Humble Beginnings
UNFI came to the Farm for a volunteer work day on November 9, 2017 – mulching, painting, building raised garden beds. Thank you!
Keep York Beautiful and Columbia Gas volunteers erect greenhouses at the Farm October 3, 2017. Thank you!
York Fresh Food Farms shuttle bus from rabbittransit for the 2018 Launch of our Mobile Produce Market! Thank you rabbittransit!