The Capital Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area Council is the current fiscal sponsor for the South Central PA Harvest Hub. Capital RC&D is a locally led nonprofit that creates partnerships of citizens, businesses, agencies, and organizations in its seven county area to enhance the quality of life for those who live and work here. Serving South Central Pennsylvania in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties, Capital RC&D networks resources and expertise into projects that promote the wise use and conservation of our natural and community resources.
South Mountain Partnership
The South Central PA Harvest Hub was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The grant was awarded through the South Mountain Partnership, with management oversight by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
We are a partner of the South Mountain Partnership, an alliance of organizations working to preserve and enhance the cultural and natural assets of the South Mountain Landscape in Central Pennsylvania. To learn more about the South Mountain Partnership, please visit www.southmountainpartnership.org.
Health Care Without Harm
The South Central PA Harvest Hub is partnering with Healthcare Without Harm (HCWH), an international organization dedicated to encouraging more sustainable practices within healthcare, on a Specialty Crop Block Grant project entitled, “Promoting PA Produce to PA Hospitals.” HCWH is sponsoring the grant, and the Hub will provide services in an effort to promote the purchase of PA fruits and vegetables to hospital food service operations and to reduce barriers to distribution infrastructure necessary to make local purchasing successful for farmers and hospitals. HCWH and the Hub will provide ongoing support for successful communication between farmers and local hospitals, with a goal of getting local produce in to three area hospitals over a two year period. The grant project will begin in the fall of 2017.
Keystone Development Center
The Keystone Development Center (KDC), has a mission to sustain communities, economies, and resources through cooperatively-owned businesses. South Central PA Harvest Hub has contracted with KDC to help with the formation of a farmer cooperative to encompass the farm to school mission and open other markets for its member farmers.