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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
Apr 09, 2019 by Ben Southworth
  As GleanKY’s work grows, so too does the need for a greater number of volunteer leaders throughout the state. Given our limited staff, these volunteers are essential to our ability to respond quickly and reliably to farms, orchards, and farmers markets with excess produce – wherever they are, they allow GleanKY’s mission to carry on.   One thing I hear a lot from these folks is the need to | Continue Reading