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Gleaning: Reaping the harvest for those in need - Guest post by Tonia Anderson

(Tonia Anderson is the West Tennessee Gleaning Coordinator for The Society of St. Andrew, an organization whose volunteers glean nutritious produce from farmers' fields and orchards after the harvest. This food is delivered to those in need.  - See more at

I can't believe it is December already and that the Farmers' Market at the Garden has been closed for over a month now.


Thank you for another great season of gleaning at the market. We appreciate so much your willingness to let our volunteers come week to ask the farmers if they had anything to donate. The farmers were incredibly generous and also great to spend time with. In fact, they have embraced us into their market family, which means a lot.

Rosemary Breithaupt has continued to be one of the most dedicated volunteers, gleaning an incredible 27 times over the season; we really couldn't have done it without her.

Here are some statistics from this year:

  • Fourteen different volunteers gleaned the market every week between April 24th and October 30th.
  • 21 different vendors donated 3,065 pounds of produce, bread, and prepared foods, including: Boys & Girls Clubs, Cucina Farms, Flora Gardens, Gray's Veggies, Green Frog Berry Farm, Holt Farm, J&J Farm, Jesse Harris Produce, Jones Orchard, Lady Bugg Bakery, Little Bites Bakery, Long Orchard, Marla's Garden, Pontotoc Ridge Berry Farm, Richardson's Vegetable Farm, Ripley Produce, Rose Creek Farms, Va Vang's Homegrown Produce, Whitton Farms, Windermere Farms, and Yang Farm.
  • Two different agencies were served:
    St. John's United Methodist's Food Ministry Program (including their food pantry and soup kitchen) and
    United Methodist Neighborhood Center.
  • In Shelby County, we gleaned a total of 34,783 pounds of food from January through November, primarily at farmers' markets around town.  We saw some of the vendors at multiple markets, and some of yours, for instance, may not have been able to give on a particular week at the Botanic Garden but gave on other days at other markets.

I remain really excited about how things went overall, and our volunteers have already started thinking ahead to April. Thanks again so much!

West Tennessee Gleaning Coordinator
The Society of St. Andrew

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 2:13 PM


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