Gleaning on the Olympic Peninsula
Gleaning is the harvesting of surplus produce for personal use and donation to food banks, schools and other community organizations.
Both in their second years, Olympic Gleaners in Clallam County, and Quimper Community Harvest in East Jefferson County collect thousands of pounds of produce that would otherwise go to waste, and donate it to schools, food banks, senior nutrition, and other community organizations. August through November is the busiest time of year as fruit trees form the backbone of both groups. Olympic Gleaners also gleans vegetables at Nash’s every week through most of the year. Quimper Community Harvest gleaned their first vegetables this year, and expects to glean more in future seasons.
Contacts: Olympic Gleaners can be contacted via their website www.olympicgleaners.org.
Quimper Community Harvest. Contact organizer Seth Rolland at 379-0414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olympic Gleaners and Quimper Community Harvest are OlyCAP volunteer projects.
OlyCAP Pea Patch
The mission of the OlyCAP Pea Patch is to increase the availability of safe and nutritious food in our community. We provide affordable garden space, offer classes to educate our community on nutrition through gardening, as well as grow produce for the local food banks, creating a community program that helps people to help themselves.
Located in Port Hadlock behind the OlyCAP Thrift Shoppe, our garden currently features 34 plots, 8 of which are dedicated to growing food for the food bank. In our pea patch style garden, plots are individually rented so that each gardener has the freedom to grow what they like, however we are an organic garden and do not allow the use of artificial chemicals or supplements. The annual rental fee is $25, plus $25 for the use of water, however scholarships are available. In addition to providing garden space, we also offer garden and food workshops that are open to the community.
Visit our blog to stay up to date on what's happening in the garden and sign up for The Green Bean garden newsletter at http://olygardener.blogspot.com/. You can also get in touch with the Pea Patch by contacting our Americorps Garden Coordinator Ellen Sabina at 360.302.1221 or via email at email@example.com