Here is a Win-Win-Win opportunity to glean vegetables from local farms to serve hungry folks! Friendship Donations Network (in the Ithaca area) is leading a gleaning project (Glean: verb, to gather from the fields after the main harvest)!
Win #1 = farmers receive a service of removing surplus produce from their fields;
Win #2 = community members get to enjoy agricultural landscapes while learning about harvest and working together;
Win #3 = hunger relief programs receive this locally harvested produce, so that all community members have an opportunity to enjoy fresh, local produce.
Gleaning has been happening in our community for years and now farmers and food rescuers are teaming up to create a more organized, sustainable approach, so that we can make it easy for farmers and volunteers to engage in this win-win partnership that benefits our whole community.
Do you farm and want to invite gleaning on your land? Do you wish to volunteer to harvest vegetables? Do you have ideas for final destinations of these vegetables? If you answer yes to any of these, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Want to glean, but live outside the Ithaca area? Find a gleaning opportunity near you using this handy resource from the National Gleaning Project.