Being a new program, Community Harvest approached volunteer recruitment in several different ways including giving presentations, using Facebook, using existing community networks through host site, and tabling at events and farmers markets.
The goal for the first year of Community Harvest was to make the organization and mission as visible to the community as possible. This included an array of outreach events, presentations and actively making connections within the community with groups who were not necessarily previously engaged in food or hunger relief.
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.
Learn about the scope, outreach and development of Community Farm Connection in the Wenatchee, Chelan/Douglas and Grant Counties
Farmers market produce gathering is a relatively easy way to glean excess produce while also working to engage the broader community in conversations about hunger in the area. In addition to asking farmers for excess produce, this project encourages market-goers to buy extra produce to donate directly to food banks.
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.