Gleaning

gleaning
The Vermont Foodbank operates the state’s largest gleaning program. Gleaning is the act of harvesting excess vegetables from farm fields. Oftentimes the produce is top quality. Other times it may be irregularly shaped or has small blemishes. The Vermont Foodbank’s Gleaning Program works with over 600 volunteers to harvest and gather produce that may otherwise go to waste. This type of food rescue enables the Foodbank to provide healthy, local food to Vermonters who are at risk of hunger.

Each year, we distribute approximately 465,000 pounds of fresh, local produce to Vermonters through food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, housing sites, schools and hospitals throughout the state.

 

How to Get Involved

We need your help gleaning at area farms this season! Gleaning is a fun, family-friendly volunteer opportunity and a great way to spend time on our beautiful Vermont farms. Some people make it a routine to glean every week, and others lend a hand once or twice a season. Additionally, we are happy to host large school, corporate or community groups and can schedule dates months in advance. Please register below as a gleaning volunteer and we’ll send you email announcements about upcoming gleans.

Register as a Volunteer

Interested in Learning More? Contact Us.

Michelle Wallace
Director of Community Health and Fresh Food Initiatives
802-477-4125
mwallace@vtfoodbank.org

Andrea Solazzo
Gleaning and Community Outreach Coordinator – Burlington Region
802-917-1283
asolazzo@vtfoodbank.org

Emily Falta
Gleaning & Community Outreach Coordinator – Brattleboro Region
802-989-8739
eflata@vtfoodbank.org

Thank You, Farmers!

Gleaning The Vermont Foodbank works with approximately 80 farms throughout the state. We glean with the help of volunteers primarily in the Chittenden County region and the greater Brattleboro area.  Our drivers pick up produce from farms across the state on a regular basis. We are happy to work with farmers to schedule a pick-up or coordinate gleaning efforts in the fields.

If you are a farmer and have a large amount of produce already harvested and ready to be picked-up please call our Operations Department at 802-477-4107 or email Tom Abbiati at tabbiati@vtfoodbank.org.

Adam’s Apple Orchard, Williston
Allen Bros Farm Market, Westminster
Allenholm Farm, South Hero
Barber Farm, Jericho
Boyer’s Orchard, Monkton
Bunker Farm, Putney
Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington
Burtt’s Apple Orchard, Cabot
Champlain Orchard, Shoreham
Chapin Orchard, Essex
Circle Mountain Farm, Guilford
Clearbrook Farm, Shaftsbury
Community Harvest of Central Vermont, Montpelier
Cortland Hill Orchard, Brattleboro
Deep Meadow Farm, North Westminster
Deep Root Organic Cooperative, Johnson
Diggers Mirth Collective, Burlington
Dog River Farm, Berlin
Dolly Gray Orchards, Hardwick
Douglas Orchard, Shoreham
Foote Brook Farm, Johnson
Flywheel Farm, East Montpelier
Gibou Gardens, Hardwick
Grebar Farm, East Randolph
Green Mountain Orchards, Putney
Hackett’s Orchard, South Hero
Hall’s Orchard, Isle La Motte
Happy Valley Orchard, Middlebury
Harlow Farm, Westminster
Harvest Hill Farm, Hardwick
Hazendale Farm, Greensboro
High Meadows Farm, Putney
High Mowing Seeds, Wolcott
Holton Farms, Westminster
Intervale Community Farm, Burlington
Jericho Settlers Farm, Jericho
JK Markle Potatoes, St. Albans
Johnson Farm, Putney
Kingsbury Market Garden Farm, Warren
Liberty Orchard, Brookfield
Lilac Ridge Farm, Brattleboro
Mad Tom Orchard, East Dorset
Maplewood Farm, Woodstock
Mendon Mountain Orchard, Mendon
New Leaf Organics, Bristol
Old Athens Farm, Putney
Owl’s Head Farm
Pete’s Greens, Craftsbury
Peaslee’s Vermont Potatoes, Guildhall
Pitchfork Farm, Burlington
Pomykala Farms, Grand Isle
Provender Farm, Cabot
Red Dog Farm, Shaftsbury
Rebop Farm, Newfane
River Berry Farm, Fairfax
Riverside Farm, East Hardwick
Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, Rutland
Salvation Farms, Morrisville
Sanctuary Farm, Morrisville
Scott Farm, Dummerston
Shady Bean Farm, Eden
Shao Shan, East Calais
Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne
Smith Farm, Cabot
Solfresh Farm, Charlotte
Stillmeadow Gardens, Craftsbury
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center
Walker Farm, East Dummerston
Wellwood Orchards, Springfield
West Swanton Orchard, Swanton
Wild Carrot Farm, Dummerston
Williams Farmstead, Rutland
Willing Hands, Norwich
Woodman Hill Orchard, Vergennes
Woods Market Garden, Brandon

Other Local Gleaning Programs

To connect with other gleaning organizations, please contact:

Community Harvest of Central Vermont

Hope

Intervale Center

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

Salvation Farms

Willing Hands