Who We Are


Our Mission
GardenShare promotes a local food system that ensures food security for all St. Lawrence County residents.
We do this by:

  • Connecting consumers and producers
  • Supporting equitable distribution of food resources
  • Removing barriers to access
  • Including stakeholders in decision making
  • Providing food justice education and advocacy
  • Engaging with community partners

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
Valerie Ingram, Canton, Secretary
Anneke Larrance, Canton,  Treasurer
Patrick Ames, Canton
Lee van de Water, Potsdam
Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel, Canton
Jennifer McAvoy, Madrid
Angela Villeneuve-Bronson, Colton

Becky Allen, Executive Director
Carlene Doane
, Associate Director
Sonja Jensen, Outreach Coordinator

Phil Harnden, Founder

You can reach us at:
Mailing address: PO Box 516, Canton, NY 13617
Physical address: 88 NY 310, Canton, NY 13617