Improving access to fresh local produce by harvesting farm surplus and donating to organizations serving low-income, hungry, and marginalized community members.
Food waste is a huge problem nationwide - 40-50% of the food we grow is never eaten. On the island we have at least 20,000 pounds of potential crop waste each year, so the gleaners are working capture this quality produce and redirect it. We partner with programs providing meals and groceries to those in need, and organizations serving elderly, disabled, low-income, and marginalized community members. In the schools, we bring fresh produce to the cafeterias and facilitate educational gleaning field trips.
In 2014 we rescued
of produce and delivered it free of charge to more than 20 organizations.
Every week a group of volunteers meets at one of our participating farms and helps to carefully pick, and pack up that week's crop. Our generous island farms share surplus such as lettuce, bok choi, zucchini, apples, potatoes, and squash, which are then delivered free of charge around the island to those who need it. Since we rely on volunteers to do this important work, please contact Jamie if you're willing and able to help, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for harvest alerts.
A big thank you to our sponsors, donors & participating farms:
- The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation
- Morning Glory Farm
- Whippoorwill Farm
- Wise Owl Farm
- North Tabor Farm
- Slip Away Farm