Each spring, we try to help out farms that donate their surplus crops for gleaning. Helping them at the beginning with tasks as simple as weeding go a long way. These 'chores' help to increase their chances for better yields throughout the season, which will ultimately help produce more food to go around for everyone. This year, we gathered volunteers to help farmers at the Food Project in Lincoln.
A Strawberry Success!
Thank you to all who attended our Strawberry Fete Fundraiser last Thursday night at Gore Place in Waltham.
We had almost 50 attendees and raised over $1,300. We enjoyed glorious weather, a beautiful tour of the gardens, delicious strawberry shortcake, and wonderful music. What more could you want from an early summer evening? Thank you again to Dick's Market Garden for the perfect strawberries, Gore Place for the venue and the Shenanigans for the music.
In the video below, BAG founder Oakes Plimpton discusses how BAG got its roots.
Check out our Facebook page for more pictures of our Strawberry Fete event!
Yesterday we welcomed the gleaning season at the farm on the Historic Gore Place in Waltham with some gorgeous weather and produce! What was supposed to be a very small trip with only two volunteers turned out to be a lot larger than we anticipated! Instead of gleaning the expected 8 boxes, we ended up with over 28 boxes stuffed with enormous, ripe and delicious bok choy. The weight of this produce is over 840 pounds, a wonderful and promising start to our gleaning season! We delivered to the Lexington Food Pantry, and Helping Hand and Food For Free in Cambridge. I hope you enjoy the pictures and will consider joining us on a gleaning trip this season!
Thank you to all those who made generous contributions to BAG during the 2012 Feinstein Challenge! As part of the Feinstein Challenge, the Feinstein Foundation granted Boston Area Gleaners a proportional amount of funds based on the total we were able to raise during March and April 2012. This year, we raised $8,173.82 – over twice the 2011 amount. As a result of these funds, we will continue to build our capacity to glean and deliver more available produce by hiring a gleaning coordinator this summer. Your contribution will help significantly toward that end.
As we look ahead to the remainder of 2012, we continue to hear from our partner pantries that need is increasing. Here on the cusp of the 2012 gleaning season, we are gearing up to meet this need by preparing to glean more farms and serve more pantries. Last year, we were able to deliver 43,916 pounds of fresh produce to our recipients at less than a dollar a pound. For every dollar that you contributed, we can continue to deliver at least one pound of produce this season.
Please continue to visit our website for updated information about future gleaning opportunities and upcoming events, such as our annual Strawberry Fete Fundraiser on June 14th. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter (bostonareaglean). We hope that you will also consider joining us for a gleaning expedition during the 2012 growing season!
On behalf of our staff, interns, volunteers, Board of Directors, and those who benefit from our work, thank you again for your support!