MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — The Glean Team at Cornell Cooperative Extension works with farmers throughout the growing season to recover excess produce and provide food pantries and soup kitchens with healthy, fresh, locally-grown food that would otherwise go to waste.
On the morning of October 15th, CCEOC’s Gleaning Program teamed up with the Farm to Food Pantry Collaborative (UlsterCorps/Family of Woodstock) to glean kale, turnip greens, and daikon radishes at Peter Maurin Farm in Marlboro. Five volunteers harvested a total of 325 pounds of produce to be distributed to food pantries and soup kitchens. One volunteer made the trek all the way from Brooklyn to enjoy the sunny day and contribute to our local emergency food system.
On the following Sunday, October 20th, four volunteer gleaners picked 920 pounds of carrots at J&A Farm in Goshen. The carrots were distributed to emergency food providers in Middletown, Newburgh, Port Jervis, and Florida.
The Glean Team extends its gratitude to our local farmers for their generosity, and to the volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm. If you are a Hudson Valley farmer interested in donating unmarketable or excess fruits and vegetables of any amount, or you wish to be involved in our volunteer gleaning efforts, please contact Gleaning Program Coordinator Megan VanGorden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension and its partnerships provide programs for Orange County residents on youth and family development; nutrition, health, and food safety; community and economic vitality; and agricultural sustainability through Cornell based research. Committed to Orange County, we design programs to meet local needs to enable people to improve their lives and communities. For more information call Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County at 845-344-1234 or visit our website at www.cceorangecounty.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
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