Stone Gardens Farm of Shelton, Connecticut, is a 50-acre vegetable farm run by down-to-earth Fred and Stacia Monahan, who are passionate about Connecticut-grown agriculture. In addition to growing a wide variety of seasonal produce, they raise grass-fed beef, pork and poultry which is processed and sold directly to customers. The farm runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, where customers pay for a share of the farm’s produce harvest at the beginning of the year in exchange for a weekly box of vegetables they can pick up throughout the growing season.
When Connecticut Food Bank asked the Monahans if they could donate fresh produce, they mentioned they had CSA shares that people either forgot to pick up or left behind. We suggested an agency partnership and quickly found two that could take the items off their hands. Spooner House of Shelton and Salvation Army of Ansonia picked up unwanted or forgotten produce from Stone Gardens on a weekly basis throughout the 2011 growing season. “It was really easy and we hardly knew the agencies stopped by,” said Fred. “Our customers felt good about the partnership and sometimes left product behind knowing it was going to those in need.”
By the end of the harvest season, Stone Gardens Farm donated more than 1,700 pounds of fresh produce, or over 1,400 meals to those in need. Many thanks to Fred and Stacia, as we look forward to expanding our relationship with them this growing season.