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

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

Outdoors and gleaning: good, creepy crawly smushiness: bad

From Emily Worm, After the Harvest Gleaning Network Manager: I don’t really like bugs and creepy crawly things. I scream, I often get other people to remove them from my presence and I can hardly stand the smushiness of killing one myself. I know that these little arachnids and spiders and beetles all serve their purpose [...]

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

Gardeners and farmers plant extra to feed local hungry families

From Executive Director Lisa Ousley: We’re excited about a new partnership established this spring that promises more fresh, locally grown garden veggies for our hungry neighbors in need this year and for years to come. Ron and Sue Witt own land south of Overland Park and have already tilled a 6,800 square foot garden plot [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Gleaning sign up dates posted! Reserve your dates now!

Spring is here and gleaning season is right around the corner! Reserve your date now to join us on the farm from mid-May through November Help After the Harvest rescue produce in farmers' fields that would otherwise go to waste for those in need. Sign up now for future gleanings. Listings may say “produce gleaning,” [...]

VEG Squad gleaner shows passion, determination…Join her and others at the “Beet and Greet” May 12

From VEG (Vegetable Emergency Glean) Squad member Mary Dees (Mary is pictured here, second to the left, along with fellow VEG Squad gleaners Randy Burdge, Barb Decker and Tom Decker): I can always remember my mother telling me that no one should ever go hungry in America. She often paraphrased the passage that a farmer [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Other Volunteer Opportunities|0 Comments

FedEx makes a special delivery with After the Harvest

FedEx handled a very special pickup and delivery yesterday at Cider Hill Family Orchard. After the Harvest and more than 30 FedEx team members harvested over 3,000 pounds of apples that would otherwise have gone to waste and loaded them into a specially designated FedEx truck, which delivered the fresh produce to Harvesters—the Community Food Network. Hundreds [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Mom shares why she brings her kids to ATH gleanings

From Sandy Vivian:  I recently asked Catherine Sinclair, who has gleaned this growing season with her children at a variety of different farms, if she would share some thoughts about bringing kids to gleanings. Karin Page, ATH Program Director, says that while many adults volunteer (thank you, thank you!!), it’s the kids who probably get the [...]

By | July 6th, 2015|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments