Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is gleaning?
Good question! Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Most of the wonderful produce we harvest would otherwise go to waste. Instead it is distributed to families in need right here in our own community.
Can kids participate?
They sure can! We just ask that an adult accompany them. Also, please no climbing trees – that means adults too!
When do gleaning events happen?
Gleaning ramps up in June with LOTS of sweet cherries. We continue harvesting a variety of great crops through early November. We harvest at commercial farms on Saturday mornings, residential sites are usually scheduled for weekday mornings.
What types of produce do you harvest?
Most everything grown in our area! We’ve harvested everything from green beans to gala apples. Common crops include cherries, apricots, apples, and peaches.
How do I find out about gleaning events?
We post our events on our website and Facebook page (a good reason to follow us) You can also sign up to receive our email notifications.
What about ladders?
Good news! Most of our harvesting is done from ground level. On occasions where ladders are needed, Fields of Grace will supply them. Usage is optional, though. Note – you must be 16 years or older to use a ladder.
So how do I volunteer?
It’s easy! Print and complete our volunteer form and liability waiver and bring it to one of our events. You’ll get on-site training before gleaning.
I have produce to donate! Who do I contact?
Awesome! If you are a commercial farmer, please contact our Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 509-539-6083.. If you are a resident that has fruit trees or excess produce, please contact our Residential Coordinator, Rob Koenig at email@example.com
Are financial donations tax-deductible?
Yep! Fields of Grace has 501-c-3 status with the IRS which means your contribution counts as a charitable donation.