Gleaning Program

Our Gleaning Program is based on strong partnerships with area farms in order to sustain reliable weekly distributions of fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries and afterschool programs in Columbia and Dutchess Counties. We pick-up already harvested produce from our partner farms every Monday and Tuesday, distributing to recipient sites on the same day to maintain peak freshness. The winter months have us gleaning more sporadically, with the occasional distribution of seconds storage vegetables.

This program began in the late spring of 2016 and ran continuously through November, culminating in the redistribution of over 31,000 pounds of sustainably grown food from over 25 farms to 15 sites on a weekly basis. In 2017, we have grown our program to work with 15 new farms and 16 new food pantries and afterschool programs.

We also offer an in-field gleaning component to our program. We host businesses, afterschool programs, and a variety of volunteer groups on farm to harvest whichever crop is in abundance at that time. This work generally takes place from August through October and gleans run for about two hours. We believe that providing local residents with the opportunity to harvest produce in service of their neighbors is an important part of a healthy food system.

If you’d like to organize a group glean for your business or volunteer group, please email