Gleaning 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 are coordinating the 2019 season of the Kitsap County Glean Team, a group of volunteers that will come out and glean locations throughout the county for donations to local access banks and as an exchange for volunteers time. This makes a great service project for community groups. To volunteer as a gleaner, follow the steps below or contact the Extension office at 360-337-7157.
To Volunteer as a Gleaner
As a volunteer, you share in the bounty by helping others and bringing home food for yourself. It isn’t just apples, plums, and pears, but all the flavors of so many varieties. We keep our gleans to a couple hours, typically in the mornings when fruit is the most crisp. Come out once, or as many times as you like. We encourage you to bring the kids for this nostalgic experience.
- Fill out the Application, background disclosure form and the ladder safety test and email all documents to email@example.com or mail it to: WSU Kitsap County Extension, 345 6th Street, Suite 550, Bremerton, WA 98337
- When approved, you will receive an email with the WSU Volunteer Handbook, with instructions on entering your volunteer hours in the WSU volunteer database.
- After Step 2, emails will be sent out with gleaning opportunities around the County. The Gleaning Coordinator will connect volunteers with property owners.
Request Gleaning Services as a Landowner
We serve all of Kitsap County with our Glean Teams. Volunteers work with us as first time gleaners in a group setting, or as vetted volunteers with background checks for smaller individual gleans. Our volunteers are taught how to pick fruit properly, and with care to the tree or site. Occasionally Peninsula Fruit Club members work alongside us, teaching us and the land owner about proper care of the fruit tree and storage of fruit. It’s a real treat!
- Fill out our Harvest Form for Potential Gleans
- If you have any question about what food can be harvested, or if their is a concern about it’s quality please email Paisley Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Coordinator will contact you to follow up and coordinate how we can proceed and be of service.
To Request Gleaned Produce as a Non-Profit
Kitsap Harvest aims to serve the “Last Mile.” Within 24 hrs, if not within the first hour, we deliver right to where the food is needed whether it be youth programs, shelters, senior living. Our goal is to increase access to fresh and nutritious food.
- We serve all of Kitsap County. If your program is interested in receiving some of this produce please email email@example.com or 360-337-7157 x6273.