Community gathers for Harvest Home Fall Festival


Community gathers for Harvest Home Fall Festival
The apple cannons were popular attractions at the Community Harvest Project’s Harvest Home Festival on Nov. 6. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

GRAFTON – It was a day to run and celebrate, to shoot apples out of cannons and to play with empty boxes.

And let’s not forget the pumpkin trebuchet.

On Nov. 6, Community Harvest Project held its Harvest Home Fall Festival and, for the first time since 2019, its 5K run.

The event also featured a hayride, silent auction, live music and children’s activities.

“It was a great event to learn about the Community Harvest Project,” said Melanie Gnazzo, a member of CHP’s board of directors. “It’s a beautiful day and a great turnout.”

The Community Harvest Project, which has a mission to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to local food banks and programs, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The CHP runs a farm in North Grafton and an orchard in Harvard.

Volunteers provide the bulk of the labor, from planting to harvesting.

The Grafton Food Pantry, one of the CHP’s regional partnerships, ran a booth near the entrance.

“We’re so fortunate to have them as partners,” said Roxanne Kaminiski, a member of the food pantry’s board of directors. “They give us fresh produce.”

She added that 150 families who are served by the food pantry receive produce from the CHP.

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