Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know what to do? Your Field Captain will demonstrate how to harvest the vegetables. Feel free to ask questions. You can stay near an experienced gleaner for one-on-one help.

Do you have gloves, knives and tools? Yes. Kindly remember to return items that you borrow.

Can we pick anything we want? The farmer has offered certain unsaleable crops for us to harvest. We must not pick anything else. Please stay in the designated rows and do not wander about the farm. We are guests and IGG has worked hard to earn the trust of farmers.

How long will we be there? Most gleans last about two hours. Please try to stay until the end but it’s alright if you must leave early.

Is this program possible without volunteers? Since our inception in 2009, the volunteers at Island Grown Gleaning have rescued and delivered 150,000 pounds of locally grown produce! Without volunteers, this highly nutritious, super-fresh food would have gone to waste.

What will happen to the produce we harvest? We deliver the produce (free of charge) to over 20 different local organizations serving children, the elderly, low-income families, and those in need.

May I bring some vegetables home to try? Part of the enjoyment of the harvest is to eat some of it! Please take some for yourself (and anyone you know who is lacking fresh produce.)

May I bring children? Children over age 8 are welcome at most gleans but must be carefully supervised. If you are accompanying a child, please work closely with them.

Will there be bathrooms at remote locations? In most cases there are no toilet facilities. There is a bathroom at the Morning Glory farm store.

Are dogs allowed? Sanitation regulations do not permit dogs to be near food harvesting operations. Some farms also have livestock on site and dogs would endanger them.

What are the risks associated with field work? Please do not attempt to lift anything that feels too heavy. Take breaks as needed, especially in hot weather. The fields may be uneven; large weeds or rocks create trip hazards; they will be slippery when wet from rain or irrigation. Poison ivy may grow at the edges of fields- we have a medicated wash if needed. Deer ticks may transmit illness from Lyme, Babesiosis, or Erlichiosis. Ticks can be very tiny but disease is generally prevented if the tick is not attached for long. Thus, after any outdoor activity on the island, full-body tick checks should be done. (Be informed with current tick info from the M.V. Board of Health: http://www.mvboh.org/tbi.html

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