Gleaning: Our Green Sanctuary Environmental Justice Service Project

Apples! We gleaned apples and helped process them for HOPE.

HOPE Food Shelf Gleaning & Cooking Opportunities

Plant and glean at local farms and community gardens and process fresh produce to donate to H.O.P.E. and Charter House. Local gleaning opportunities are organized by The VT Gleaning Collective, an initiative of Salvation Farms, a network of professionally organized community-based gleaning programs and a CVUUS donee.

             You can take home some gleaned items if there’s enough. Lily  Bradburn coordinates gleaning, local food processing and cooking for HOPE, another CVUUS donee. Contact her at 388-3608 ext.225 or email: to help with

– In-field harvesting of surplus produce
– Collecting unsold produce at Midd Farmers’ Market
– Delivering produce to HOPE’s food shelf
– Processing produce for winter use

Gleaning Guidelines What to bring/ wear or remember before a glean:- Sunscreen and a hat or appropriate rain gear- Water and if needed some snack- Clothes you are ok with getting dirty, layers are also a good idea if we start a glean in the cooler morning then work into a warmer mid-day or vice versa for afternoon gleans into the evening- Closed toed shoes sturdy for farm work. *** For both shoes and clothes please avoid wearing clothes covered in soil, manure, compost from your own farms or gardens***- *Most Important* Use the bathroom before coming to a glean. These facilities are limited and the surrounding woods or fields are not an option.- If you feel sick the day of the glean call the number listed below and avoid coming as we are handling food.-To contact us in the field the day of a glean call 802-377-2016-We will glean rain or shine unless there are thunderstorms or a heat advisory. If there is a cancellation we will contact RSVPs (if you are registered on Salvation Farms)-Please park at the farm and wait for Lily to arrive to receive instructions before we head out into the field.-Always prepare to walk a distance from parking to get to the gleaning location

HOPE Food Shelf Donations They are grateful for our donations and could use canned soup, tuna.

Charter House Community Garden Volunteers gather 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. Help us harvest 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.

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.

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.