Backyard Harvest works in partnership with our community to connect those with extra fresh produce and those who need it most.   



The seed was planted in 2006

In what she now laughingly refers to as her "gardening accident," founder Amy Grey grew two-hundred extra heads of lettuce in her first-ever vegetable garden after her boys, Tom and Sam (then five and two), were having a terrific time playing in the mud and spreading seeds. Amy, reveling in their joy, did not stop them. Days later, as heads of lettuce began to spring up everywhere, Tom and Sam's play seemed a little less benign. For some people, this would have meant a bigger pile of compost. In Amy's case, it translated into the first of hundreds of trips to her local food bank, and a passion for bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to the region's most vulnerable populations.


The sprout began to grow in 2007

Just like seeds after being planted, we began to grow our roots. Working alone at first, then with volunteers and guidance from the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI), Amy began to connect local gardeners, farmers, and fruit tree owners to area food pantries and meal programs. Once our roots took hold, a BYH sprout emerged, eventually breaking through the soil to provide everyone access to fresh healthy food. 


And in 2008 we blossomed

On June 11, 2008 the 501c(3) Backyard Harvest was born

What began with Amy’s simple pick-up and drop-off service quickly expanded into a series of gathering, gleaning and growing programs that would  quickly transform that initial lettuce donation into tens of thousands of  pounds of fresh produce for the Palouse region and the Lewis-Clark Valley.

While my garden ‘mistakes’ got the organization off the ground, it was really suggestions from my neighbors and the vibrancy of the local food scene here on the Palouse that allowed Backyard Harvest to flourish.
— Amy Grey, Backyard Harvest Founder