The outreach, communication, engagement, and appreciation of growers, farmers and gardeners.
Society of St. Andrew GA offers suggestions for how to start and manage partnerships with farmers.
Tips on how to present the benefits of gleaning to growers.
Tips for managing relationships with farmers from Food for Others in Virginia.
SETP uses a variety of methods to recruit and engage with tree owners.
This section will focus on the process of acquiring funds and in-kind donations for the project rather than produce donations.
Building relationships with farmers, farmer’s market managers, and property owners has no off season.
How to reach out to growers, maintain good relationships, and thank them for their donations.
Unlike most Harvest Against Hunger sites, the donor relationship at City Fruit is unique.
Establishing a large and varied donor base provides the program with a steadier stream of gleaning opportunities.
Sending out thank you cards are a great way to show volunteers your appreciation.
Creating sustainable, productive donor relations is imperative to any gleaning project. Community Harvest has a strong starting point because the program is housed by an organization which works directly with local farmers. By having an established purchasing relationship with growers, Community Harvest was easily able to approach several growers. In turn the growers could respond with confidence.
Unique methods for reaching out to donors that have been successful in Okanogan County.
Donors are critical for gleaning. Handling grower concerns, keeping the producer happy, and managing the gleaning event well are very important to hosting a successful an event and any future gleans.
The South King County Food Coalition’s VISTA projects differed significantly from many of the other Harvest VISTA positions this year. Little focus was placed on agricultural gleaning and thus the picture of donor relations looks very different. That said, the coalition has several key donors with whom this year’s VISTA collaborated closely.
The SCF is not a traditional gleaning project, so interactions with donors are not the same as other gleaning projects. However, we do have several donors of money, skills, and materials with whom it’s important for us to keep up good relations.
Lettuce Link breaks down donor relations into five categories: outreach, screening, communication, harvesting and recognition/follow-up.
Second Harvest’s Food Sourcing/Development Team follows a creative, soft approach (friendly; not overbearing) to donor recruitment
“Registering” fruit tree owners has been interesting because most fruit tree owners the gleaning coordinator connected with were equipped to harvest their own fruit and uninterested in gleaning. To work around this, the VISTA produced the PCGP Postcard designed for folks to share with their neighbors who have fruit trees that could benefit from gleaning. In conjunction with other outreach efforts, this has resulted in about a 100 percent increase in the number of fruit tree registrations.