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 County. We pick-up already harvested produce from our partner farms each Monday and distribute it to recipient sites on the same day. 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 through November, culminating in the redistribution of over 31,000 pounds of sustainably grown food from over 25 farms to 15 sites. As the 2017 gleaning season approaches, we have grown our program to work with 14 new farms and 10 new food pantries and afterschool programs. We are adding an additional pick-up/delivery day (Tuesday) and aim to double our capacity with the installation of a walk-in cooler.

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