Hunger Relief

“Gleaning” is the gathering of unharvested food from the farm fields, which is then donated 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 the following ways: through regular weekday and Saturday gleans; through gleans held by our young summer campers on their very own Kids’ Farm; through corporate and group gleans; and through the annual Big Glean to celebrate the harvest season and the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth. Learn more about our various opportunities below!

Weekly Gleans
Oxbow Saturday Gleans
The Big Sukkoth Glean
Group Gleans
What to bring
Directions and parking


Hopelink Gleaners in the field, 2017.

Weekly Gleans

Since 2012, Oxbow has been proudly partnering with Hopelink Harvest to hold weekly gleans during the growing season. Each week from July through October, volunteers gather at Oxbow to harvest produce from our fields for donation to area food banks. This year, we’re excited to expand our gleaning partnerships to include Jewish Family Service of Seattle (JFS) and FareStart.

We hope you can join us in our gleaning efforts, whether it’s once or for the whole season. Each gleaning day is coordinated by a different partner – please sign up using the instructions below. Do register ahead of time; weekday gleaning groups have a limited capacity of 15 people. Thank you!

Hopelink

Hopelink gleans are held every Tuesday from 1PM-3PM, July through October. If you are a new Hopelink volunteer, you must create a new volunteer profile here. If you’re an existing Hopelink volunteer, register for gleaning events here.

If you have any questions about Tuesday gleans with Hopelink, please contact the Hopelink Harvest Program Coordinator.

Jewish Family Service of Seattle (JFS)
To register, please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator at JFS and include the words “Oxbow Gleaning” in the subject line.

Gleaning dates for 2017 are below. All JFS gleans are held from 10AM-12PM.

Friday, July 20
Friday, August 3
Friday, August 17
Friday, September 7
Friday, September 21
Friday, October 5
Friday, October 19

FareStart

To register, please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator at Farestart and include the words “Oxbow Gleaning” in the subject line. 

Gleaning dates for 2017 are below. All FareStart gleans are held from 10AM-12PM.

Friday, July 13
Friday, July 27
Friday, August 10
Friday, August 24
Friday, August 31
Friday, September 14
Friday, September 28
Friday, October 12
Friday, October 26

For weekday gleans, participants must be over the age of 7. If you’re interested in a group gleaning activity with kids under 7, join us for Oxbow Saturday gleans or our annual family-friendly Big Glean. See details below!


Oxbow Saturday Gleans

Happy gleaners harvesting collards at Oxbow.

Our family-friendly Oxbow Saturday gleans support Hopelink and FareStart, and are held on the 1st Saturday of every month, July-Oct, from 10AM-12PM. Whether you’re a seasoned gleaner or a new volunteer, we’re excited to have you help supporting hunger relief efforts in the greater Seattle community!

If you’re already a volunteer through one of our hunger relief partners, please sign up through them: Hopelink registration | FareStart registration

Not registered as a volunteer yet? Please select a date and register using the links below. 

Saturday, July 7 | Saturday, August 4 | Saturday, September 1 
Saturday, October 6

After you’ve finished the satisfying work of gleaning, stay and explore or check out our organic Farm Stand. Click here to learn more about all of our Oxbow Saturday happenings.


The Big Sukkoth Glean

It is a longstanding tradition at Oxbow to honor the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth, a celebration of the fall harvest falling shortly after the Jewish New Year. Each year for the past nine years, we have gathered with our community in the fields for a Big Glean. Harvesting together 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, September 30th, from 10:00AM – 12:00PM. We will be joined by our many partners, including: 

The Kavana Cooperative | Stroum JCC | Hopelink | JFS Seattle | FareStart
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 check out our organic Farm Stand, bring a picnic, and stay to enjoy Oxbow with your friends and family.

Please use Oxbow’s West/Public 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!


Group Gleans

Microsoft Day of Caring volunteers in the field.

Gleans are great for team-building, working together to help your community. Let us know if you’re interested in bringing a group to harvest veggies for local food banks. We welcome corporate groups, school clubs, organizations, and beyond!

Does your company have a matching gift program for volunteer time? Ask your HR department and consider Oxbow for your next corporate volunteer event! Please contact us for more information.


What should I bring to gleaning events?

Dress for the weather! We glean rain or shine, so dress in layers and be prepared for everything from muddy fields to hot sun. We recommend you come prepared with the following: 

  • A water bottle (no glass bottles, please)
  • Closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Sun protection for sunny days
  • A rain jacket and pants for rainy days
  • Snacks or a picnic for after the glean

Pets are not allowed on our working organic farm, so please leave your furry friends at home!


Directions and parking

Unless you’ve received specific instructions to meet your group elsewhere, please use Oxbow’s Public Entrance at 268th AVE NE and HWY 203. Look for the”Public Entrance” sign with the orange border. Click here for detailed directions and a map. 

Park in the marked parking areas; most gleaning groups will meet at the Farm Stand unless you’ve been directed otherwise. Cell phone reception can be spotty in our agricultural area, so be sure to know where your meeting place is, and have your volunteer coordinator’s contact information and any other info printed out ahead of time. Thanks!