Island Grown Initiative

Island Grown Gleaning

Jessica and Carrots

Autumn carrot glean
at Morning Glory Farm


At various points during the growing season, farms can have produce in the fields that they aren’t able to harvest.  Gleaning volunteers harvest and distribute the produce, free of charge, to 20 different organizations: senior centers, school cafeterias, low-income housing residents, and programs providing meals and groceries to those in need.

In 2013 we rescued a total of 23,000 pounds of delicious, nutritious, locally grown food!  

Experience the joy of working on some of the most beautiful farms in the Northeast… join us for a morning harvest or help deliver, and bring home some fresh veggies for your dinner! No experience required: we provide tools and advice for the harvest; most gleans last about 2 hours.

Regular weekly gleans happen August through November on Tuesdays at 9:30am, with others scheduled on short notice.  For volunteer opportunities with locations and details, please 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.

Read about Island Grown Gleaning:  Huffington Post or  Vineyard Gazette.

To learn more or make a contribution, contact Program Coordinator, Jamie O’Gorman: 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
  • Laurie David
  • The Lurie Family Foundation
  • Mass. In Motion MV
  • Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Whippoowill Farm
  • Martha’s Vineyard Organics
  • North Tabor Farm
  • Slip Away Farm
  • Tiasquin Orchard
  • Bayes-Norton Farm