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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Kitsap Harvest

Program Contact: Paisley Gallagher, Food Access Program Coordinator / Kitsap Harvest
(360) 228-7302 • paisley.gallagher@wsu.edu

Kitsap Harvest Corona-19 Protocol

Kitsap Harvest COVID-19 Protocol

Kitsap Harvest realizes there will be changes to the gleaning program to maintain social distancing practice. At this time the USDA does not feel that food and packaging plays an inherent role in the transmission of the Coronavirus. Food Safety practices have already been outlined for risk reduction, although we will be adding a few more steps to reduce touch time and person to person contact. Our gleaning program is more necessary than ever to get fresh produce out into the community to those that need it. Please see the following resources for more information:

About

Kitsap HarvestGleaning is the practice of harvesting excess produce from farms, yards and gardens.  It is a part of a home-grown solution to reducing food waste, increasing access to fresh and nutritious produce to our community members in need, and strengthening local community food systems. If you see an overflowing garden or tree going to waste, contact the owner to see if they would appreciate gleaning assistance.

WSU Kitsap County Extension and Kitsap Harvest coordinate the Kitsap County Glean Team, a group of volunteers that will come out and harvest produce throughout the county for donations to local food access organizations. This makes a great service project for community groups and families looking for volunteer opportunities.

Check out the programs below to learn more about what Kitsap Harvest is doing in the community and how we are increasing food access for our neighbors in need.

Ready to become a volunteer? Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more and sign up!

Are you a food access organization interested in receiving food from Kitsap Harvest? Contact the Program Coordinator for more information!

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Programs


Apple Basket

Gleaning

Kitsap Harvest’s main program is gleaning.  Our Glean Teams harvests from both farms and backyard gardens and fruit trees. We then share the harvest with local food banks, shelters, soup kitchens and senior centers in need. Volunteers are also able to take a portion of the bounty home as a thank you for all their hard work!

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Grow-A-Row

As part of your garden you plant extra. Register your garden with our Grow A Row for a Senior House and we will add you to the team. Once your garden starts growing we will arrange a porch pick-up. You and many others will contribute little bits to one basket that is then taken to low in come senior housing in your area. Some favorites are rhubarb, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, chard, beets and even the greens! Please help us fill this year’s harvest basket! Happy growing.

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Donation Stations

Kitsap Harvest provides donations stations at some of the area farmers markets, including the Bremerton Community Farmers Market on Thursdays and Port Orchard Farmers Market on Saturdays.

We rely on volunteers to help collect donations from farmers at the end of the market and transport to local food organizations and housing centers in need.

community garden raised beds

Community Garden Sites

Kitsap Harvest strives to build capacity in food access for organizations and programs related to low-income housing and food sites. We do this by providing technical assistance and education around building garden sites and growing food.

volunteer team planting

Team Building

Kitsap Harvest works with local organizations and businesses to provide opportunities to get outside and do team building activities, all centered around outdoor food  and education.

Ready to Volunteer with Kitsap Harvest?

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

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Kaiser Permanente

 

 

Gardener Level

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