Hope’s Harvest RI bases our procedures on best practices garnered from established and successful gleaning projects across the country. We are continually working with partnering farms to develop a model tailored to RI growers’ needs.

  • 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 (and COVID 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.