The gleaning toolkit is brought to you by Feedback, the organisation who created the UK’s Gleaning Network.
The Gleaning Network is just one of Feedback’s many projects and campaigns, through which we aim to regenerate nature by transforming our food systems.
Interested to find out more about our work, and how you can get involved? Please visit our website – we’d love to hear from you.Go to Feedback
Why Glean in 2020?
Communities are leading the way in gleaning food from local farms across the UK.
2020 could be the year farm level food waste peaks due to the huge disruption to the food system from the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile demand for food banks and emergency food distribution has hit a level of need that signifies a crisis.
Gleaning offers an opportunity for straightforward environmental and social wins- food waste on farms is reduced and supply of fresh food to those in need is increased.
In an effort to spread gleaning nationwide (see map of existing gleaners), Feedback will be hosting these weekly training webinars for community groups who are interested in starting, or are at the early stages of setting up, a local gleaning group. The weekly webinars begin on 19th of August and will run through to 10th of September – if your organisation is interested in taking part then we’d love to hear from you!
We particularly encourage those working in or with rural communities who have seen issues around access to fresh produce exacerbated by COVID-19.
**All training has been updated to comply with Covid-19 guidelines**
About the Gleaning Network
The Gleaning Network is a network of groups, organisations, farmers, charities and keen volunteers who are all working to reduce farm-level food waste. The Gleaning Network exists to bring together and empower communities, enabling them to salvage surplus food left on farms; food which can then be redistributed within the local area.
This site provides the tools and resources for groups and individuals who wish to get involved in gleaning – either through volunteering with an existing group, or by setting-up a new gleaning project in your region.Go Gleaning Are you a farmer with surplus? Get in touch to see how you can help.