The Hillsborough Community Garden, accessible from Hillsborough's riverwalk, houses 4,500 square feet of planted produce. Cabbage, kale, chard, onions, radishes, lettuce, peppers, cilantro, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and more are all organically grown and harvested without artificial pesticides, according to the garden's website.
“It's beneficial for the health of the people, the recipients, but also for the native plants, the native bugs and pollinators,” Katherine Lockwood, garden manager, said.
After the organic produce is harvested, it is packaged and delivered to PORCH Hillsborough, with whom the garden has partnered with to provide fresh food to the community.
PORCH Hillsborough, founded in 2011, is a volunteer-based hunger relief organization whose efforts are concentrated in rural northern Orange County.
The organization runs a variety of programs aimed at eliminating food insecurity, including the PORCH Fresh Program, which was implemented in 2022 to forge partnerships with local farms and bring fresh produce to those in need in the Hillsborough community.
“We realized early on that we have enough to do with growing the produce, so why not partner with PORCH, who has already excelled in distributing produce,” John Beerman, head of the Hillsborough Community Garden, said.
Beerman also said that the farm would not be where it is today without the support of WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
According to the organization’s website, USA WWOOF connects individuals to organic farmers across the country. Once connected, "WWOOFers" live and work on farms with their hosts to learn about organic agriculture.
“The shared goal (of WWOOF) is to educate people about organic farming,” Lockwood, a "WWOOFer," said.