Suncoast Gleaning Project
During the 2017/18 Suncoast Gleaning Project season alone, over 280 individual volunteers have harvested and donated over 30,000 pounds of fresh, local, organic produce to go to the needy! Since its inception in 2010, the Suncoast Gleaning Project has donated over 270,000 pounds of fresh produce!
That's something we can all support!
Do you want to join us in the fields? Gleaning season normally runs the end of October through May (yes, it's different down here than in the North). During the season, we typically glean on Monday mornings and confirm with volunteers by e-mail on Sunday evening. If you'd like to be notified, click the "join our mailing list" on the right-hand side of this page, and select "Suncoast Gleaning Project". Like and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/transitionsarasota/), where you can also see updates.
Below - Some photos from our 2017/18 gleaning season
Transition Sarasota's Suncoast Gleaning Project harvests surplus produce from local farms for the food insecure in our community. Since 2010, we have donated 247,588 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables. It's a win-win-win for everyone involved:
For Those in Need: By donating to local food banks, we provide those who rely on food assistance with an option for healthier eating.
For Local Farmers: Farmers receive a tax deduction based on the amount of produce we harvest.
For Volunteers: Volunteers are invited to take home one grocery bag full of produce each week in appreciation for their time.
During the season (typically late October through the end of May), we glean most Monday mornings at Jessica's Organic Farm in Sarasota for All Faiths Food Bank. All ages are welcome, and those who, for any reason, are unable to harvest can still help by washing and boxing produce. No prior experience is necessary, and everything you need will be provided.
To receive email updates whenever we go out into the fields, please click on the big orange button below and check the box on the following page to subscribe to our Suncoast Gleaning Project mailing list.