Gleaning

We work with farmers in Missouri and Kansas to glean their fields and orchards after the harvest, to gather up produce left behind by mechanical equipment and pickers. This fresh, locally grown food is delivered to food pantries and feeding agencies in close proximity to the farm where it is gleaned.

Already Picked and Packed

We also work with excess, graded out, or rejected produce that cannot be sold for market reasons. This food may come from commercial farms, produce packing companies, grocery stores, farmers’ markets and more. We work in Missouri and Kansas, and can locate nearby food banks that will take larger quantities, and food pantries and agencies that will take smaller quantities.

Gleaning Stories

Reports, pictures and videos from gleaning events

Gratitude and choices with After the Harvest

From Emily Worm, ATH Gleaning Network Manager: After working at After the Harvest for a little over a year, I have learned many lessons. I’ve learned that a bushel of apples weighs about 25 pounds. I’ve learned how to dig potatoes, plant tomatoes, harvest chestnuts, and identify turnips. I’ve learned my way around Kansas City delivering [...]

By | November 12th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

Mariah looks back at the gleaning season and “the circle of appreciation”

From ATH Gleaning Coordinator Mariah Friend: “Thank you for helping make our dream a reality,” Ron says to me after wiping beads of sweat from his brow. A cooling breeze ripples through the trees, offering a nice break from the heat. As far as I can see there is only prairie grass and rolling hills. [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Mayor “raises the root” for ATH, Friday apple gleaning near Smithville

Friday is apple day. We only need six gleaners on this one. Come join us! Friday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-noon--Gleaning apples near Smithville, MO A generous homeowner has apple trees to glean so join us in this rescue if you can spare some time. Located just south of Smithville Lake, 25 min. from North KC. [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments

We raise the root in salute to our volunteers this season

From Sandy Vivian, ATH Outreach and Communications Director: As the growing season winds down, After the Harvest is still “raising the root” in support of gleaning and the efforts of our extraordinary volunteers who rescued thousands of pounds of produce and delivered it to hungry families in our area. Even Kansas City Mayor Sly James [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Saturday, Sunday volunteer spots open! Get your hands dirty and glean with ATH

It's an unusual phenomenon! We have some slots open for this weekend...so come glean with us. Sunday, Sept. 18, 8-11 a.m.--Gleaning apples at an orchard near Bonner Springs, KS Spend a morning in this picturesque orchard and help rescue apples for our hungry neighbors. Just 13 min. from Bonner Springs, 10 min. from Legends.This is [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments

Thanks, VEG Squad, from the bottom of our closed-toed shoes!

Pictured above:  VEG Squader Suzy Conaway, dressed in her favorite gleaning outfit, harvests in a tomato jungle! From Lisa Ousley, After the Harvest Executive Director: After the Harvest has many things to be grateful for this year, but one we’ve been grateful for repeatedly throughout this gleaning season rose up to stir our gratitude once again [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Skinks, chickens and more…just a part of the gleaning experience

From Emily Worm, After the Harvest Gleaning Network Manager: My last blog was about bugs in the field. So, if you're going to glean with us and you don't enjoy bugs as much as I do (!), I wanted to let you know we also see other animals both domesticated and wild, like this juvenile [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Get your glean on!  Hit the fields for 4 gleanings next week

Next week: four gleanings. Sign up and get your glean on! Monday, August 29, 7:30-10:30 a.m.--Gleaning ? at a farm near ? This is a rare Monday gleaning. We have some actors joining us on their day off, but we don't have enough volunteers yet on this special gleaning day, so come help if you [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments

Going with the flow and gleaning some life lessons along the way

From Sandy Vivian, After the Harvest Outreach and Communications Director: One of the great joys of my job is working with our fantastic (and flexible!) volunteers. I’ve always said that our volunteer gleaners are a special breed. Lots of them sign up to help, not knowing exactly which farm they’re going to or what fruit [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Gleaning sweet potato greens near Olathe KS, apples near Independence MO next Tuesday

Sweet potato greens gleaning. Nope, we've never said that before. Tuesday, August 23, 7:30-10:30 a.m.--Gleaning sweet potato greens at a farm near Olathe KS Read about "The ridiculously healthy greens you've never heard of" and then come join us at this gleaning at a research farm near Olathe. Many Asian markets carry these delicious greens. [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments