Hunger Relief & Gleaning

2020 Gleaning Update

Due to COVID-19, there may be unanticipated changes to our gleaning schedule – please see the latest updates below. Gleaning safety protocol will be shared after you register with our partnering organizations. Thanks for helping us keep our community safe, healthy, and fed!

“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 Oxbow 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 Sukkot. Learn more about our various opportunities below!

Weekly Gleans
The Big Sukkot 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. We recently expanded our gleaning partnerships to include Jewish Family Service of Seattle (JFS) and FareStart. Each week from July through October, volunteers gather at Oxbow to harvest produce from our fields for donation to area food banks.

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 10 people. Thank you!


Hopelink

Hopelink gleans are held on select Mondays from 1-3PM 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 gleans with Hopelink, please contact the Hopelink Harvest Program Coordinator.


Jewish Family Service of Seattle (JFS)

2020 JFS Gleaning Dates: July 7th, Aug 4th, and Sept 8th from 10AM-12PM

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

FareStart

All FareStart gleans are held Fridays from 10AM-12PM, July through October.

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

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 our annual family-friendly Big Glean. See details below!


The Big Sukkot Glean

Note: A date for the 2020 Big Sukkot Glean has not yet been set. In light of COVID-19, we will update this space later this summer if the event will be taking place. Thank you!

It is a longstanding tradition at Oxbow to honor the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a celebration of the fall harvest falling shortly after the Jewish New Year. Each year for the past 11 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 Sukkot Glean! 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 Public Entrance and park in our events parking lot, near the Farm Stand. Meet up with the group near the Farm Stand 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!