Who We Are

Who We Are

About Us
GardenShare is a locally led, nonprofit organization seeking to end hunger and strengthen food security in northern New York State, a remote rural region known as the North Country.

Our Mission
GardenShare's mission is to solve the problem of hunger in St. Lawrence County through policy advocacy work and by strengthening the food system to benefit all County residents.

Our Vision

Healthy Food – The County has a vibrant, local food system where our food choices are healthy for us, for our communities, and for the environment.

Healthy FarmsFarmers are able to make a living that supports their families and contribute to a robust local economy.

Everybody Eats – Everyone in the County has access to enough nutritious and affordable food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. When food assistance is needed, whether from government or private sector programs, it is provided in dignified ways that respect both the receiver and the giver of assistance. 

Our Core Beliefs

     Hunger is universally unacceptable and no one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

     The response to people's needs should be both human and personal, always valuing both those who need help and those who help.

     The availability of food should not be taken for granted.

     There should be an understanding and respect for the hard work and effort it takes to bring safe, nutritious, healthy food to the table.

     Government, business, organizations, and individuals must work together to ensure that everyone has access to good, nutritious food.

     Localized and grass-roots efforts are as highly valued as those that are more centralized.

     Sustained cooperation of many individual, organizations, and government over time leads to a  hunger-free community.

To implement this vision, we will:

     Operate as an effective charitable organization and make sound business decisions.

     Be good stewards of the human, monetary, and other resources entrusted to us.

     Remember that caring, committed, and compassionate people are our most valuable assets. 

     Be honest and open in all relationships, communications, dealings, and transactions.

     Ensure that a variety of voices are represented in our decision-making.

     Remain mindful that solving hunger requires new and innovative solutions and become active participants in finding and implementing those solutions.

Creating a community where long-term solutions are not just desired, but expected may take many years.  It will take more than our work to create this kind of societal change.  These realizations will not deter us from taking the steps we can, each day, each month, each year, to move the world closer to this vision.

As GardenShare marks twenty years of service to our community, read more about how it all got started.

Board of Directors

Carol Pynchon, Canton, President
Sandy Stauffer, North Lawrence, Vice-President
Anneke Larrance, Canton,  Treasurer
Patrick Ames, Canton
Jan DeWaters, Potsdam

Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel, Canton

April Grant, Potsdam

Valerie Ingram, Canton


Becky Allen, Executive Director
Carlene Doane
, Associate Director
Bridget LaPage, Volunteer Coordinator

Phil Harnden, Founder

Financial and Governance information:

GardenShare Annual Report

GardenShare Strategic / Work Plan

Board of Directors Responsibilities and Committee Guidelines

GardenShare Fundraising and Public Relations Plan

2016 Financial Statements

2016 990 Tax Return

USDA Non-discrimination Statement


You can reach us at:
PO Box 516, Canton, NY 13617