Island Grown Initiative

Island Grown Gleaning

Harvesting farm surplus to improve access to fresh local produce, since 2009

​We work with fPeppersarmers to reduce crop waste and give their “seconds” a second chance!​

We donate gleaned produce to organizations serving low-income, hungry, and marginalized community members. Food is delivered, free of charge, to over twenty organizations island-wide.

We facilitate food system education by distributing produce to school cafeterias and hosting gleaning field trips for students.

In 2014 we rescued 24,000 pounds of delicious, nutritious, locally grown food!  

Sukkot Woman in Orange Experience the joy of working on some of the most beautiful farms in the Northeast... join us for a morning harvest and bring home some fresh veggies for your dinner! No experience required: we provide tools and advice for the harvest; most gleans last about two hours.  Regular weekly gleans happen July through November on Monday and Tuesday mornings, with others scheduled on short notice.  For volunteer opportunities with locations and details, please email Jamie to sign up for Harvest Alert emails or follow us on Facebook.

Do you have extra produce from your garden or fruit tree?  We will gladly send a knowledgeable volunteer or two to collect the produce and give it to those in need.

More about Island Grown Gleaning: 

To participate or make a contribution, contact Program Leader Jamie O’Gorman: jamie@islandgrown.org or 508-955-9284.

Gleaned corn ready to freeze at the regional high school

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors, Donors and Participating Farms:

  • The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Whippoorwill Farm
  • Wise Owl Farm
  • North Tabor Farm
  • Slip Away Farm