Hope’s Harvest RI will start gleaning in July, 2018. As a new project, we are basing our procedures on best practices garnered from established and successful gleaning projects across the country. We hope to work in partnership with farmers over time to develop a model that is unique and tailored to RI growers.

Here’s how we plan on running things in year 1:

  • Hope’s Harvest RI recruits and registers a base of volunteers on an ongoing basis, explaining rules and expectations and has them sign waivers that release all liability from you, and us.
  • When/if you have excess crops because of:
    • Bumper crops
    • Maintenance harvesting needs
    • Imperfections that make produce unmarketable
    • Impending storm or frost
    • No time or staff to harvest
    • End of season surplus of storage crops
  • …You send a request to Hope’s Harvest via text, phone call, email, or the online form
  • We collect info from you re:
    • Produce quantity and quality
    • Harvest dates that work for you
    • # of volunteers needed
    • Parking availability
  • Hope’s Harvest RI sends a notice out to volunteers with general info and a link to sign up.
  • After volunteers sign up and complete an additional liability waiver, they receive the exact location of the trip along with other important information – clothing/equipment needed, parking, and any specific instructions from you.
  • We come to your farm with a refrigerated truck, hand washing stations, reusable totes, and sterilized harvesting equipment, including gloves for all volunteers.
  • We do a quick on-site training with the volunteers on: 
    • How to harvest specific product
    • Food safety
    • Harvesting safety
    • Your specific farm rules and preferences
  • We pack up the produce using our own packaging – no need for you to provide this.
  • You receive an accurate receipt for your donation with a detail of pounds harvested, and local hero status for all our volunteers and recipient agencies!
  • Hope’s Harvest RI delivers that produce to partner hunger relief agencies – food pantries, meal sites, etc. – across the state that we have partnerships with. Produce will be labeled and tracked to ensure traceability. 
  • Gleans usually take about 2-3 hours and involve no more than 15 volunteers at a time
  • Hope’s Harvest RI is fully insured through our fiscal sponsor, Farm Fresh RI. Click here to read about The Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that protects food donors from liability.