The days are long, the hills are green once again, and Salvation Farms welcomes you to join them at Lamoille Valley farms this summer to glean the fields! To glean means to “reap after the harvest” – in other words, to gather edible crops that farmers are not going to sell.
Whether you have a green thumb or are eager to get into the fields of a local farm, collecting unpicked and unsold crops is a great activity for all ages – so long as you don’t mind a little dirt. As a gleaner, you will connect with your neighbors and discover local farms, all while making 2019 a fruitful harvest season for all.
Last year, 215 volunteers contributed more than 950 hours with Salvation Farms, serving 19 farms and 31 food programs in the Lamoille Valley and beyond. From arugula to apples, tomatoes to turnips, 70,166 pound (more than 210,500 servings) of Vermont-grown crops were gathered and shared. Salvation Farms provides this service free of charge to farms and to the sites receiving produce.
Volunteers are essential in the effort to move this would be uneaten food. Without volunteers, it would not be possible to serve such a broad community of farms and food programs.
If working under the summer sun isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it; there are other ways to help our region’s farmers nourish everyone in this community! Volunteer drivers are needed every week to deliver gleaned produce to neighborhood meal sites and food shelves.
Become a volunteer with Salvation Farms’ gleaning program by register here: www.VermontGleaningCollective.org
For more information contact Salvation Farms, firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-888-4360.