Committed to giving back!
The Harbes Family has long been committed to supporting our local North Fork community and our neighbors throughout Long Island. We are grateful to all of you who have supported us over the years and seek opportunities to give back whenever possible.
Our largest food donation ever!
We’re thrilled to announce our largest food donation ever! Due to a record-breaking apple crop this fall we were left with an abundance of apples at the end of the season. We decided to work with our partners at Island Harvest to donate them to individuals and families in need. The donation was larger than Island Harvest was able to accommodate so Ed Harbes IV, CEO of Harbes Farms, was put in touch with Jim Germain at Feeding New York State, who assisted him in handling the farm’s large apple donation through his organization. The final result was a donation of 300,000 pounds of apples!
As Jim Germain recalls:
“I reached out to Ed for a casual conversation and introduction to the work we all do here in New York State. Over time with frequent conversations, we started developing a game plan and our relationship began to grow. In the beginning of November after the U-Pick Apple program ended, Ed thought he had 1-2 full truckloads available to us for our distribution. With limited resources, Ed and his team were able to pick 300,000 pounds of apples – which ended up resulting in 7 truckloads! His generosity and determination were inspiring!”
We were honored to partner with Jim Germain and his team at Feeding New York State and wholeheartedly support the good work they do.
Click below to read The Suffolk Times article about the donationSuffolk Times Article
ways we give back:
- We donate fresh fruits and vegetables to organizations that supply much-needed food to our Long Island neighbors who are less fortunate. CAST and Island Harvest are just two of the organizations we have closely partnered with over the years.
- We donate to fundraising events that benefit schools, PTA groups, church groups, and many other worthy organizations throughout Long Island and the metro region.
- We have hosted events for organizations such as the Boy Scouts and North Fork Community Theatre.
- We provide a free daily pass to Harbes Barnyard Adventure that can be used by partons of our six local North Fork libraries.
- We are proud to award a scholarship to deserving graduating seniors of Mattituck-Cutchogue High School who are pursuing a career in agriculture.
recent donation recipients
Mattituck Presbyterian Church
Memorial School, Old Bridge N.J.
Silas Wood 6th Grade Center & Stimson Middle School PTA, Huntington Station
New York State PTA
Boy Scout Troop 46, Farmingdale
Annual Don Luneburg Golf & Tennis Classic, Brookville
Middle Island Volunteer Fire Department
Old Country Road PTA, Hicksville
Meadow Drive PTA, Mineola School District
Garden City Nursery School
Our Lady of Victory School, Floral Park
Catholic Charities of Long Island
Fillmore Real Estate Pat’s Pink Party for Breast Cancer, Brooklyn
Suffolk Community College Foundation
Emanuel Lutheran Church & School, Patchogue
American Heart Association
West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for Long Island
Boys & Girls Club of Bellport
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Fort Salonga
EAC Network Cohlan Cares for Kids, Hempstead
North Babylon Community Youth Services
Liz’s Day Breast Cancer Research Support, Floral Park
Sachem Sports Club Game Day Cheerleading Team Youth Sports Organization
NY Police & Fire Widows & Children’s Benefit Fund
Newfield Varsity Football Fundraiser, Middle County School District
Huntington Learning Center, Bayshore
The Sophia Valsamos Foundation
Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Guide Dog Foundation
Long Island Youth Leaders, Centereach
WECARE Foundation Nassau County Bar Association
Huntington Learning Center, Smithtown
St. Joseph’s College
W20 Foundation Team up 4 Community Program, Westhampton Beach
Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn
Wee Luv’em Child Care, Northport
Edith L. Slocum Elementary PTA, Ronkonkoma
Park Avenue PTA, Merrick
Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School PTA, Farmingdale
PS 183 PTA, Manhattan
West Elementary School PTA, Long Beach
Bright & Early Discoveries, Riverhead
Options for Community Living, Ronkonkoma
Peconic Bay Medical Center
the spirit of giving
“The community has been good to us and we would like to be good to the community!” – Ed Harbes, III