About Us

Real Food Share is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Newtown, CT formed by an amazing group of volunteers that value community, the environment, and supporting those in need. We feel there is a group of people in every community that both desire to serve and believe in the transformative power of producing and consuming our own food.

Vision & Mission

Our Vision

An all encompassing, hyper-local solution to food security will exist in every community.

Our Mission

Everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food. Our goal is to donate 100 baskets of fresh produce every single week to families in need in Newtown, CT during the 2020 growing season.

Our Partners

Sticks and Stones Farm was our original partner and primary giving garden. Our hoop house resides there, as well as a farmstand. This is our home base.

The F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry in Newtown, CT is where we first began to donate our produce. They are a wonderful and dedicated group of community servants.

The Newtown High School’s Greenery Class and Teacher, Shawn Mullens, became the second production partner of Real Food Share. We collaborated with his 2020 class on crop planning and will be harvesting their yields for donation this season.

The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is our third production partner. This inspiring non-profit organization is developing a beautiful animal sanctuary and education center in honor of Catherine’s kind spirit. We are managing the planting and harvesting of 30 large raised beds in their meadow for donation.

Project Plan

This year (2020):

  • Mission to donate 100 baskets of fresh produce every week to families in need.
  • 501(c)3 designation in February.
  • Partnered with the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary to plant the 30 raised beds in their restored meadow.
  • Full crop plan for all three production locations.
  • Build infrastructure: Greenhouse and two farm stands.
  • Expand the core volunteer base and provide paid internship opportunities for young leaders.
  • Exciting partnerships with local and regional influencers.

Looking Ahead

We are working behind the scenes to create a hyper-local food system that can support all families and communities that deal with hunger and food insecurity on a weekly basis.

A home base that can not only be a food hub, but a center for what we call 21st Century Health Skills: fundamentals of horticulture, nutrition, and culinary practices to empower everyone with the skills and knowledge to control their own health outcomes.

Regenerative agriculture practices produce high yield, nutrient-dense crops on small lots of land while working in harmony with the surrounding environment. Ag-Tech can supplement and provide opportunities for fresh food year round.

Food waste is a global problem that can be solved on a local level. The first Real Food Share Center will be a pathway for expiring food to find a home and for local organic food waste to be turned into compost.

History

2019

  • Restored the 10,000 sq/ft Giving Garden at Sticks and Stones Farm, donating over 700lbs of fresh produce to F.A.I.T.H. Pantry, Nunnawauk Retirement Community, and the Newtown Senior Center.
  • Partnered with the Newtown High School Greenery Class and harvested their garden all season long.
  • Incorporated and established a core team of volunteers and contributors.

Our Team

Sean Fitzpatrick, Founder and Operations

David Haze, Board Member and Operations

Nancy Zychek, Board Member and Operations

Kim Cosar, Board Member and Operations

Lisa Rioni, Core Team and Operations

Rachael Kemery Core Team and Operations

Shannon Corbo Core Team and Operations