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Author Archives:Ben Southworth

Jun 12, 2018 by Ben Southworth
The vendors at the Lexington Farmers’ Market are some of GleanKY’s longest-standing supporters – back in the summer of 2010, GleanKY volunteers approached farmers at the market to ask what they did with all that produce they had left over at the end of a week at the market. So often, the answer was ‘sometimes we can take it somewhere to donate’ or ‘we wish there was an easier way to get our | Continue Reading
May 08, 2018 by Ben Southworth
Just like that, it seems like growing season is upon us!   We’ve gotten a handful of calls from farmers so far this year, but we only expect to be getting out on farms more and more in the coming months. Vital to the success of our farm gleaning during the summer and fall is having a great group of excited gleaners as part of our Rapid Response Teams. These | Continue Reading
Apr 10, 2018 by Ben Southworth
This winter has to come to a close at some point, right?!   We’re hoping it ends sometime soon, because we’re looking forward to ramping up towards gleaning farms, orchards, and farmers’ markets. Gleaning at farmers’ markets can be a really great way to get into gleaning – we need a handful of volunteers to visit area farmers’ markets on certain days to collect excess produce leftover at the end | Continue Reading
Feb 20, 2018 by Ben Southworth
In 2017, we focused on intentional growth. We shared the gleaning model with communities in 15 different counties. We established regularly scheduled gleaning trips in 3 additional counties to increase the predictability of our services. We sought out recipients in communities where we only had sources of produce to ensure that local food fed local people.   567 volunteers joined us in this effort in 2017 and in 2018, we | Continue Reading
Jan 18, 2018 by Ben Southworth
Working with GleanKY these last two years has been a total dream – I’ve been so grateful to put my education to work right out of school, to meet the incredible people in and around the organization, and to contribute to something so vitally important in our community. Fundraising was not necessarily where I saw myself before landing this job, but I have genuinely enjoyed being challenged by this work | Continue Reading