Gleaning: a CVUUS Green Sanctuary Environmental Justice Project

Join Charter House Community Garden Volunteers on Saturday mornings 9-11 am. If you have an itch to work the soil, we invite you to join our team of volunteers who provide vegetables for the Community Meal programs of Charter House Coalition. Planting is about to begin at our garden on the grounds of Porter Hospital. Adults and children are all welcome. Produce from this garden supplies vegetables used throughout the year in our daily Community Meal programs. Surplus produce is passed on to local food shelves and to regular volunteers. Whether you are a master gardener or have no experience and just want to enjoy the garden aromas and mountain views with friends, all are welcome. One of our coordinators will always be at the garden to guide the work on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 am through the spring, summer, and fall. By late May coordinators will also be present two or three mornings and evenings at times convenient to the volunteers. The garden is located just off the northeast parking lot of the Porter grounds. It is helpful to know your interest in advance but feel free to just show up. Please contact Doug Sinclair ( if you have questions or would like to get on our mailing list.

Many helped harvest butternut squash for Salvation Farms and area food shelves on Sat., Oct 7 at Caitlin Gildrien’s Farm in Leicester.  More gleaning and local food processing projects will be announced.

Gleaning, the collection and redistribution of excess or lightly damaged food, is a CVUUS Green Sanctuary Environmental Justice Project. There are a few ways you can get notices and participate. One way is through the Weekly Blast. Another is by getting notices directly by registering at    Select the type of work you’d like to do, which includes planting, gleaning, processing, delivering, admin, etc. You can take home some gleaned items if there’s enough.  Gleans are usually 1 1/2- 2 hrs. Please feel free to stay for whatever amount of time you can. Look for more details about gleaning in the Sanctuary lobby. Salvation Farms was CVUUS’s donee in September.

CVUUS has engaged in several conversations on class inequity. Many gathered in Oct and again in April to explore privilege and access. You can preview what we covered in the Oct workshop (cvuus-final) and in the April one (CVUUS Race-Class) here.