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Gleaning Coordinator

Meet Sarah Harpster. Sarah started the gleaning program for TCK in 2013 with 9 initial farms on board. In its first year the program gleaned 24,480 lbs. of fresh produce. In its second year, 2014, the Gleaning Program collected 34,371 pounds of produce grown in Cheshire County at local farms and gleaned at charitable gardens that were created in and around the city by local businesses.

Gleaning News

The Community Kitchen had its sixth gleaning season in 2018. Despite some challenges experienced by local producers, we collected 31,858 pounds of excess produce in Cheshire County. It was another banner year for cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash. Commercial producers contributed 27,653 pounds of excess produce to our programs this year.

Gleaning Opportunities

Charitable, Community Gardens & Commercial Growers
For gleaning program volunteers, their work at The Community Kitchen (TCK) in Keene is a “win-win-win.”
“They get to spend time outside, doing work that helps save good food from going to waste and provides the highest quality food for people experiencing food insecurity,” said Sarah Harpster, coordinator of TCK’s gleaning program. “It feels good!”
Gleaning, the act of gathering leftover grain and produce from a farm after a harvest, has established a real niche in the Monadnock Region. The TCK program, in particular, gleans from about a dozen farms throughout Cheshire County each year.
According to Harpster, volunteering for the TCK gleaning program is as easy as signing up online. At nhglean.org (New Hampshire Gleans), they need only indicate their region and availability. Harpster contacts those volunteers when gleaning opportunities become available.

Gleaning local farmers carrots for The Community Kitchen.

“I usually invite volunteers to help me with field gleans,” she said. “These will be trips to local farms and orchards in Cheshire County. I usually schedule gleans to take place for a two-hour time period. Sometimes I invite volunteers to help with a ‘post-harvest pick-up,’ which means that the farm is donating food that they have harvested, and we simply need to pack up the produce. Some farms donate so much produce that this can also be a two-hour-plus project.”
Volunteers visit some of the different farms on specific days – on Wednesdays, they go to New Dawn Farm in Westmoreland and Pete’s Stand Farm in Walpole; Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam and Mini Hill Farm on Thursdays, and on Fridays, they swing over to Picadilly Farm in Winchester and Wingate Farm in Hinsdale. They also do a pick-up at the end of the day at the Keene Farmer’s Market, and during the summer months, they pick up at Green Wagon Farm several times throughout the week.
Other farm partners last year included:

  • Fertile Fields Farm in Westmoreland
  • Lucky 13 Farm inWinchester
  • Maple Lane Farm in Lyndeborough, from which TCK got 8,500 pounds of apples
  • Mayfair Farm in Harrisville
  • Mirasol Farm in Langdon
  • the Gilsum-based Sustainability Project.

Volunteers Make Gleaning A Huge Success

Where does it all come from? How can I make sure my neighbors and community have food? Wondering how to get involved in the Cheshire county food system?
Look no further… here we can show you local farms and what’s being grown.. better yet…we collect donated produce and distribute it to those very neighbors through The Community Kitchen.

Join us http://nhgleans.org

Charitable Gardens – Community Gardens – Commercial Growers

Gleaning Sources

ANTIOCH CAMPUS GARDEN
ANGEL WING FARM
C&S GARDENS AT OPTICAL AVE. & SUMMIT RD.
CHESHIRE GARDEN
FERTILE FIELDS FARM
COMMUNITY GARDEN CONNECTIONS WESTMORELAND GARDEN PROJECT
GILSUM-BASED SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT
GREEN WAGON FARM
KEENE FARMER’S MARKET
KEENE HOUSING AUTHORITY
LITTLE GREENS (MICROGREENS)
LUCKY 13 FARM
MAPLE LANE FARM- LYNDEBOROUGH
MAYFAIR FARM
MINI HILL FARM
MIRASOL FARM
NEW DAWN FARM
NYE HILL FARM
PETE’S STAND
PICADILLY FARM
PISGAH FARM
RICK’S VEGETABLE STAND
TRACIE’S COMMUNITY FARM
UPS GARDEN
THE WHEELOCK SCHOOL GARDEN
WINGATE FARM
WALPOLE VALLEY FARM