The first attempt to recover produce from the Thursday nigh Chelan Farmers' Market yielded mixed results. The Farmers Market Manager was enthusiastic about gleaning produce, and also allowed the use of the Farmers Market information table for Community Harvest materials. A donation box was set up and information was handed out. Many of the farmers were on board and willing to donate excess produce, but the program will need to make some improvements going forward.
1. Unless the Gleaning Coordinator was at the market, there was not a consistent volunteer trained to talk about Community Harvest.
2. The time between the market and the food distribution day presents challenges:
3. The local community needs to be consistently and creatively engaged.
1. The market volunteer needs to be knowledgeable and personable in order to create dialogue and remind people to buy extra produce to donate.
2. A local farm has volunteered storage space in their (large) cooler.
3. Challenging the community of Chelan to donate XXX lbs of food throughout the growing season.
Once this system is set up, the Gleaning Coordinator will not have to travel to Chelan on a weekly basis, helping to create a more localized, sustainable system for gleaning.
Community Farm Connection (CFC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting small farmers and improving consumer access to locally grown food. CFC supports sustainable agriculture, small diversified farms and local communities by bringing farmers new opportunities to get their bounty to the consumer.