Gleaning and Donations
Intervale Community Farm is dedicated to increasing access to fresh, organic produce for everyone. We work hard to get unharvested or extra vegetables into the hands of those who need them.
Gleaning is the harvesting of crops in the field that we have decided not to harvest for our members. Intervale Community Farm works with two organizations for on-farm gleaning: the Vermont Foodbank and the Intervale Center.
Andrea Solazzo, Gleaning and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Vermont Foodbank, works with volunteers to glean produce at ICF every Tuesday during the outdoor growing season. This produce is distributed to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, other local food shelves, a diabetes prevention program at the YMCA, Migrant Justice, and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp Health Care share.
Sarah Alexander, Gleaning and Food Rescue Coordinator at the Intervale Center, gleans vegetables for their Fair Share program; a free CSA made up entirely of gleaned and donated food. The CSA serves over 100 households and 15 social service organizations for 16 weeks. Hunger Free Vermont also supports the Fair Share program by providing taste tests and nutritional information at pick-ups.
Want to glean produce at ICF?
There are opportunities to glean at Intervale Community Farm nearly every week from July through October. Andrea Solazzo of the VT Foodbank comes on Tuesdays, and Sarah Alexander of the Intervale Center gleans on Fridays. Volunteers make their work possible, and they would love to have the help of ICF members! If you are interested, sign up below to get e-mail updates with specific times and dates to glean at ICF.
Intervale Community Farm makes regular donations of produce to local organizations. These include the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, NOFA VT’s Senior Farm Share Program, the Old North End Community Dinner, Pathways Vermont, and others.