Gleaning Network

Join us in the fields - it’s time to get your hands dirty!

Feedback’s Gleaning Network gives volunteers all over the country an opportunity to engage with the food system hands on by helping us rescue fresh, surplus fruit and veg from farms where it would otherwise be wasted, and get it to good causes. In doing so we are bringing an age-old practice to avoid waste, gleaning, into the 21st century.

 

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What's the problem?

Feedback’s research has found that farmers waste around 16% of their crop before it even leaves the field or barn – often due to factors beyond their control, such as produce not being the right shape or size for supermarket tastes, or inaccurate forecasting by retailers of how much produce they will buy, leaving farmers with excess crop on their hands. Read more about our research on supply chain food waste.

 

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What's the solution?

Since 2013, the Gleaning Network has been taking eager volunteers to visit farms around the country, where we harvest surplus fruit and veg, and make sure it reaches people in need through our partnerships with charities like FareShare and FoodCycle. We currently rescue around 100 tonnes of fresh, nutritious produce a year from our hubs in Kent, Sussex, Bristol, London and the North West.

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Latest updates in this campaign

My first glean
My first glean 20th Sep 18

On 28th August I went gleaning in Wingham, Kent. I had never…

Oh my gourd! Record breaking 25 tonnes of pumpkins rescued on Kent farm
Oh my gourd! Record breaking 25 tonnes of pumpkins rescued on Kent farm 8th Nov 17

Over 70 eager volunteers, including many young people, gathered on Saturday at…

What can you do to make a difference?

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