Hunger Relief

“Gleaning,” is the collection of unharvested food from the farm fields, which we then donate to local food banks and shelters. It’s a wonderful way to get more fresh, organic produce into our community while keeping our farm fields productive and healthy. Oxbow supports gleaning in three ways: we hold weekly gleans during the peak of the season; our young summer campers dig in and glean on their own Kids’ Farm; and we hold a family-friendly glean every autumn to celebrate the harvest season and the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth. Learn more about our various opportunities below!

Weekly Gleans
The Big Sukkoth Glean

Gleaners hard at work harvesting dino kale.

Weekly Gleans

Oxbow is lucky to be a part of Hopelink Harvest during the growing season. Each week, volunteers gather at Oxbow to collect produce from our fields for donation to area food banks.

A typical glean will collect 75-100 pounds of produce for donation to local Hopelink food banks. In 2016, we held 22 glean events, harvested 3,941 lbs of produce, and donated 1,879 lbs to hunger relief. This is real, productive, feel-good work! We hope you can join us once or for the season.

Gleans take place every Tuesday, July through October. All volunteers over 7* are welcome and no prior experience is required, but gleaners should come prepared with close-toed shoes, gardening gloves, a water bottle, and layered clothing. See upcoming gleaning dates and times here, and register ahead of time so that Hopelink’s Harvest Program Coordinator has a head count of volunteers for the week. Gleaners should park and meet at our West Entrance; please find detailed directions here. 

Gleaning Times and Registration

Have questions? Email Hopelink Harvest Program Coordinator Lindsey Robinson for more information.

*For weekly daytime gleans, participants must be over the age of 7. If you’re interested in a group gleaning activity with multiple children under 7, let us know. We are happy to schedule a glean that accommodates younger volunteers! Or join us for our annual family-friendly Big Glean, typically held during the month of October. See details below.

The Big Sukkoth Glean

It is a longstanding tradition of ours to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth, a celebration of the fall harvest falling shortly after the New Year. Each year for the past eight years, we have gathered with our community in the fields for a Big Glean. Sharing in the harvest to share with those in need is a beautiful way to honor the tradition of “Tzedakah,” or good deeds and charity, while aligning with Oxbow’s mission: to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations.

We invite our friends, family, and community to join in this season’s “Big Glean” on Sunday, October 8th, 2017, from 10:00AM – 12:00PM. We will be joined by our many partners, including: 

The Kavana Cooperative | Hillel at UW | Stroum JCC | Hopelink | JFS Seattle | and other hunger relief partners

This is a family-friendly event full of hard work and good cheer! All ages are welcome. After the glean, we invite you to join us for our Oxtober Fall Festival and enjoy live music, arts & crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages.

Please use Oxbow’s West Entrance and park in our events parking lot, near the pumpkin patch. Look for a gleaning sign near the farm stand to meet up with the group at 10AM. We’ll walk out to the fields together from there. Come dressed for the weather, we will be gleaning rain or shine. See you there!