Updated May 08, 2019

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Spare Harvest - The Joy of Sharing

Spare Harvest is a growing community of people who want to thrive on sustainable living. It starts with having spare home food and garden gear and connecting with others who want it. And happens in our online community and marketplace.

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Helen Andrew

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Currently, we have over 2000 members and 300+ listings and we continue to grow organically. We are now inviting businesses to partner with us so we can connect with employees with each other and exchange what they have spare in their homes.

Registered in Australia.

Focus Areas:

Enabling Environment, Citizen Participation, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Enabling Environment, Citizen Participation, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Agriculture, Environment, Communication with Communities, Social and Behavior Change and Peace and ResilienceSEE LESS

Implemented In:


AustraliaSEE LESS

Country Implemented In


Our planet is in trouble. Roughly 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. Organic waste is sent to landfill, creating toxic green-house gases. Mental health is on the increase as we desperately see to develop meaningful connections and relationships.



Spare Harvest is facilitating local food and garden connections so we can develop sustainable social and environmental ecosystems. It is through these local connections that we build a more efficient and sustainable local food system, reduce our waste by connecting with our food's story and create a more engaged and connected local community. We then replicate these local connections on a global scale, positively impacting our planet and its people.

Target Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries of Spare Harvest are the planet and it's people. For the planet we reduce toxic green-house gases that are produced when organic matter is sent to lanfill and create a more efficient local food system that reduces resource waste. For the people, we create a more engaged local community where residents can connect with other like-minded people and grow their social network. We give people the opportunity to develop meaningful social connections.

Mission and Vision

Spare Harvest provide the following impacts:
  • Reduce organic waste by sharing unwanted food and garden resources within a local community.
  • Stronger community engagement.
  • Increased food security by providing hyper-local sources of fresh produce.
  • Sharing of knowledge, tips and skills.
  • Reduced consumption.

Innovation Description

Spare Harvest gives new life to unwanted or spare food and garden resources. We do this by providing a FREE and easy to use sharing marketplace, where members can share, swap or sell what they have spare in their kitchens, gardens and farms. Members signup either on the website or the app. Then they search listings via location, listing type (individual/community/farmer/business) or by category.

Members can also create a listing if they have something spare. They choose the type of listing (share/swap/sell) and write a description, upload a photo and add a location. Members can also create a wanted listing to help them find what they need.

Members make enquiries about the listings on our secure message service and when they are ready, they simply meet and finalise the exchange. More information can be found at www.spareharvest.com

Competitive Advantage

Waste Less … Share More. Our innovation differs from our competition in the following ways:

Our biggest difference is our purpose. With a vision of a world with less food and garden waste our aim is to connect as many people as possible so food and garden resources can continue to be used and not wasted.

Our focus is on both food and garden resources as we recognise that the foodies and grower experience are interlinked. We also recognise it is not only food waste we need to reduce, but other forms of organic waste in gardens and farms.

We focus on conversation not transactions and encourage members to meet and develop meaningful connections. We do not commercialise the exchanges.

We participate in both the sharing and circular economies. Although we encourage our members to share, we give them the option to swap or sell what they have spare.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Having achieved proof of concept our strategy is to expand into other communities in both Australia and overseas. We will achieve this through partnerships, public relations, social media and word of mouth. Our goals are to develop new business models to generate revenue. To develop partnerships with organisations to implement the Food Sharing Workplace initiative. And to develop the Local Community Connector program and recruit volunteers.

Funding Goal50,000
New Implemented CountriesBelgium, United States, Ireland, France
Recruit2 Management and several Community Connectors
New FeatureBuilding in community and social features to compliment the marketplace.


Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Dec 2018
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Mar 2016
New Country Implemented In
Mar 2016

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