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Author Archives:Ben Southworth

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
Jan 09, 2018 by Ben Southworth
After several months of construction and getting our systems down pat, the FoodChain/GleanKY Farm-To-Kitchen program made our first delivery to Embrace Church on Monday, December 11th.  We were able to provide a Fall Vegetable Soup Base comprised of produce donated by UK South Farm (Fayette County), Henderson’s Eclectic Emporium (Fayette County), Reed Valley Orchard (Bourbon County) and Stonehedge Farm (Woodford County).  We also delivered Frozen Baked Apples from Reed Valley | Continue Reading
Jan 08, 2018 by Ben Southworth
GleanKY’s 10th and final Heirloom Seed Sale will be held on February 3, 2018 at Hunter Presbyterian Church from 9 AM to 3 PM. We’ll offer the same 51 varieties of heirloom fruit and vegetable seeds that we’ve had in years past, and will have Master Gardeners on hand to help answer your gardening questions. In addition, we’re holding workshops on composting, seed starting, heirloom seeds, and getting involved with | Continue Reading