Canton Community Fund grant purchases sign for new GardenShare home
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Pictured from left, Louis Tremaine, John Larrance, Anneke Larrance, Beth Larrabee, Maggie Smith, Carlene Doane, Brett Thatcher, Neal Burdick, John Casserly, Mary Ann Ashley.

CANTON — More than a year ago, GardenShare, the Canton-based nonprofit seeking to end hunger and strengthen food security in the North Country, moved to a new home.

Thanks to support from the St. Lawrence Health System, GardenShare transferred its offices and staff to the building on the former Emhoff property, just north of the human services building on Route 310.

“We love our new home,” says GardenShare president Carol Pynchon, “but no one knew where we were. The best we could do was say ‘Remember where the old driving range used to be?’” All that changed with a grant from the Canton Community Fund to purchase a sign for the new location.

As Fund president Neal Burdick explains, “our goal is to raise money and then give it away. People can help organizations like GardenShare and their very worthy causes on their own, or they can make a donation to the Canton Community Fund and help many deserving organizations at once. Donations to the Fund allow us to help important organizations like GardenShare make a difference.”

After the grant for the sign was approved, “We had to wait for the ground to thaw,” says GardenShare associate director Carlene Doane. “But as soon as it did our terrific volunteer John Larrance installed the attractive new sign. It’s going to be a big help. When people want to sign up for our programs, or just need information or want to help out, they need to know where to find us!”

On a recent sunny day, GardenShare thanked the Canton Community Fund board members and Mr. Larrance for their generous support. Representing the Canton Community Fund were Burdick along with board members Beth Larrabee, Brett Thatcher, John Casserly, Mary Ann Ashley, and Louis Tremaine. GardenShare was represented by Doane, Maggie Smith, Americorps/VISTA, and board member Anneke Larrance.

The address of GardenShare’s new office is 88 Route 310 (though mail is still sent to PO Box 516, Canton, NY 13617).

To learn more about the organization, its programs and activities, and opportunities to participate and support them, visit