What is gleaning?
Glean (verb): to gather produce or grain left in the field by farmers
Community gleaning initiatives across the country have become an integral part of the solution for school lunches, food pantries, and community centers. In Marin County, CA, on Wednesday afternoons, the Marin Organic Glean Team harvests extra foods from the fields of Marin Organic member farms for various schools and the Marin Food Bank. This enables more people throughout the county to eat local organic foods.
To register as a National Gleaning Partner for 2013, please tell us who you are, where you are from, and what you are gleaning from which farm and for whom.
How can you get involved?
Build a movement to glean in your community
On National Gleaning Day, let’s unite across the nation in this growing movement for food justice and holistic resource management. Consider this simple, empowering and adaptable solution. Mobilize your local community to celebrate gleaning initiatives for school lunches, food pantries, and senior centers everywhere, creating a food system where everyone and everything thrives!
1. Invite your community and local farms to sponsor a gleaning on Sunday, September 30h, 2012 (give or take a week, every effort counts).
2. Connect the dots between local school food services and farms.
3. Celebrate your choice to source an ingredient locally for school lunch with a special event.
We have provided National Gleaning Day Partners with a Gleaner’s Toolkit to help plan a fun and successful event. Materials in the kit include a release form, post-able flyer, checklist, etc. That can be found here Gleaner’s Toolkit