The Glean Team
The Glean Team captures surplus produce from local farms for donation to community organizations in the Rutland region. Community-driven and coordinated by RAFFL, the program works to make healthy, local produce accessible to any who need it.
For more information about volunteering, organizing a glean on your farm or receiving donated produce contact RAFFL's staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Glean Teams beginning in 2009 through 2016, over 160,834 pounds of fresh food have been distributed throughout Rutland County.
In 2016 24 farms, 28recipient sites, and 70 volunteers contributing over 262 hours helped to make more than 29,854 pounds of gleaned produce accessible in the Rutland region. RAFFL is a member of the Vermont Gleaning Collective, a network of professionally organized, community-based gleaning programs from around Vermont.As a member of the Vermont Gleaning Collective, The Glean Team contributed to the 217,695 pounds of gleaned produce made accessible across Vermont in 2015.
How Glean Team works
On Farm Gleanings
During on farm gleanings, volunteers harvest excess or unmarketable produce from the fields. Our goal is that our services help farmers to distribute the healthy produce that they worked so hard to grow.
Glean Team is present after the Downtown Farmers Market in Rutland each Saturday to collect extra produce from farmers. After 1:30pm, look for RAFFL's "Drop Off Here" sign near the Evelyn Street section of the market.
On Farm Pickups
When farmers have extra produce in their coolers (be it leftover from markets or harvested produce "seconds") or need to make space for new harvests, Glean Team will travel to the farm to sort through and repack any produce the farmer no longer plans to sell.
Delivery to Charitable Organizations
RAFFL delivers all of the collected and gleaned food to charitable organizations throughout the Rutland region. We work closely with the unique recipient sites to make sure they're receiving the food they need and are able to utilize or distribute.
Thanks to our recipient sites for making fresh gleaned produce accessible to the community: Bardwell House, Boys and Girls Club of Rutland, BROC, Castleton Cares, College of Saint Joseph, The Dodge House, Fair Haven Concerned, Grace House, Meals on Wheels of Rutland County, Parker House and Sheldon Towers, Pittsford Food Shelf, Poultney Food Shelf, Rutland Community Cupboard, Rutland County Parent Child Center, Rutland Open Door Mission, Rutland Women’s Network and Shelter, Salvation Army, Serenity House, Stafford Technical School, Turning Point, Vermont Achievement Center, VFFC Health Care Shares, West Rutland Food Shelf, and Young at Heart Senior Center.
THE GLEAN TEAM FARM & HOME GARDENER PARTNERS
Alan Cooper’s Dairy, Alchemy Gardens, Ayers Egg Farm, Boardman Hill, Breezy Meadow, Brown’s Orchard and Farm Stand, Caravan Gardens, Clark Farm, David Pezzetti, Doug Rumbough, Dutchess Farm, Earth Sky Time, Elmer Garrick, Evening Song, Foggy Meadow, Fresh Take Farm, Gildrien Farm, Good Earth Farm, Kilpatrick Family Farm, Laughing Child Farm, Paul Marshall, Perry’s Potatoes, Radical Roots, Right Mind, Wellsmere , Wood's Market Garden and Yoder Farm.