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Author Archives:Ben Southworth

Oct 08, 2019 by Ben Southworth
Some of GleanKY’s most active and vital volunteers are those who spend a considerable portion of their retirement helping us connect excess produce to those who need it. It turns out, many of our volunteers are also busy all over the area with other groups when they’re not out gleaning with us.   Recently, I was leading a small group of volunteers at UK’s Research Farm, when one of our | Continue Reading
Jul 09, 2019 by Ben Southworth
This time of year, you’ll hear us talking a lot about it being our ‘peak season’ – the time when we’re out gleaning at our highest capacity. It’s when we start getting calls from farms, orchards, and home gardeners, and when even our grocery partners have more for us than usual. What’s even more surprising to me is that this season seems to keep getting longer on either end – | Continue Reading
Jun 18, 2019 by Ben Southworth
Every year, it seems like our farm gleaning season sneaks up on us out of nowhere. Grocery gleaning gets into a great, easy-to-manage routine during our ‘off-season’ from January and May, then suddenly we’re fielding calls from multiple farmers in a week. So far this year, we’ve been to a number of farms to glean fresh produce at the source:   Hazelfield Farm in Owen County for green onions Salad | Continue Reading
Jun 06, 2019 by Ben Southworth
From our Fayette County Coordinator, Jimmy Earley:   “A few weeks ago I received an email from Family Care Center informing me that they had chosen GleanKY as their Community Partner of the Year.  The award was to be presented at the 2019 Family Care Center High School Graduation. FCC is doing so much for our community that I find it difficult not to just stop here and enumerate all | Continue Reading
May 13, 2019 by Ben Southworth
Hey farms, orchards, and gardens all over Central Kentucky! As we all gear up for another busy gleaning season, here’s a reminder about GleanKY as an outlet for your excess produce. Thanks to our produce donors in 2018, we were able to distribute over a quarter million pounds of fresh produce to 96 different feeding programs throughout the Bluegrass, feeding an estimated 30,000 Kentuckians. If you find yourself with excess | Continue Reading