Local Farmers

Donate
Your Crop

Local farmers sometimes have excess fruit and vegetables that remain unsold. Many farmers in and around South County have enthusiastically agreed to make that produce available to Backyard Bounty for distribution to people in need through food distribution organizations. Backyard Bounty collects the excess fruit and vegetables at various local farmers’ markets as well as at the local farms themselves.

Farmers donating food know that they are helping people in need and that they are part of the larger effort to relieve hunger in the Berkshires. Donations typically generate tax deductions for the donor.

If you want to help, click on the "Donate Your Crop" button and fill out the form, or get in touch with us directly from the Contact Page.

These farms have agreed to donate their excess produce to Backyard Bounty for distribution to those in need:

Bartlett’s Orchard
Colfax Farm
Double Decker Farm
Earthborn Garden
Farm Girl Farm
Graylight Farm
Hosta Hill Farm
Indian Line Farm
Markristo Farm
Moon in the Pond Farm
MX Morningstar Farm
Project Sprout - Monument Mtn/Muddy Brook



Protection:

We properly train and supervise all volunteers who glean with us. Every volunteer has checked off a liability waiver that protects the crop donor. A copy of this can be seen here.

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act - In 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and
  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

For more information: Feeding America.

In 2015, Congress passed the PATH Act as Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which modified Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow all companies to earn an enhanced tax deduction for donating selected surplus property, including food.