G4G Boston + Boston Area Gleaners

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  • G4G Boston + Boston Area Gleaners
    September 22, 2018
    8:00 am - 1:30 pm

WHAT: G4G Boston + Boston Area Gleaners

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 8 AM – 1:30 PM, weather permitting

WHERE: A local farm, within a 1 hour drive from Boston Area Gleaners’ offices in Waltham

ABOUT: Have you ever been gleaning? Gleaning is harvesting high-quality fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste on local farms. The fresh produce is then distributed to families struggling to access nutritious food. Harvesting is unpredictable and depends on the weather and crop readiness. You are encouraged to sign up for this project now, so G4G can begin organizing carpools, etc. More details, such as the crops that will be gleaned and the specific location of the farm, will be available soon.

Detail known now:

  • Expect to spent 2-3 hours in the field.
  • The drive out to the farm, and the drive back, will each take roughly one hour.
  • No experience is required. Boston Area Gleaners will train volunteers in the field and will provide gloves and tools.
  • Shoes: Wear sturdy, closed‐toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. No sandals! The fields will be muddy, rubber boots work well.
  • ClothingLong sleeves and long pants are highly recommended for protecting your skin from plant irritants, the sun, and ticks. Dress in layers, the mornings can be chilly but once the sun comes out it can easily get hot. Clothing that breathes and wicks water is useful. In general, wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. We are out in all kinds of weather. Clothing that is comfortable for bending, lifting and walking is best.
  • Hats: Wear a hat to keep you warm and to protect you from the sun.
  • WaterBring plenty of water, this can’t be emphasized enough! Drink a lot of it (especially when it is hot out!).
  • Sunscreen: Even on cloudy days it is important to have sun protection.
  • Snacks: Bring snacks to eat for the 2-3 hours that you are working in the field.

By August 25, expect to get additional details about this gleaning project. G4G will begin organizing carpools. Volunteers have the option of either carpooling or getting to the farm themselves.

By September 15, we will know the location of the farm. G4G will finalize the carpools. We will know the crop that will be gleaned. Picking apples is the odds-on-favorite.