Farm Gleaning

Our region's farmers are brilliant, hardworking folks who produce an amazing diversity of foods. But not all of this food makes it to market every week. LifeCycles provides a professional gleaning service to help rescue and redistribute surplus farm produce to help feed the entire community in a way that works for farmers.

We have adapted the gleaning systems developed by our successful and long running Fruit Tree Project in order to empower an efficient, volunteer supported gleaning service for local farms.

Currently we offer this gleaning service to support neighbourhood-based food service providers who are looking to increase access to nutritious local produce for people experiencing food insecurity.

Participating farms are given tax receipts for the fair market value of the food gleaned from their farm. LifeCycles organizes the logistics and tracking of all food harvested, picked-up and distributed, and cultivates relationships to support participating farms. We have developed strong connections with our farm partners, with the majority of our pilot season farms returning in the subsequent years and more farms signing up each year.

 

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