Information for Farmers

If you are a farmer interested in donating surplus crops to Boston Area Gleaners for the first time, or if you have further questions, please call our Gleaning Program Manager at 781-810-0621 or fill out our online form.

Boston Area Gleaners seeks to enable farmers to give back to their community with the fruits of their labor. We mobilize volunteers on very short notice and work according to farmers' schedules and needs. Most gleaning trips involve small groups (15 maximum on the largest jobs) for 2-3 hours of work. Volunteers are supervised by experienced staff and vehicles are kept to a minimum.

Chip Poutasse of Brigham
Farm, Concord

Some reasons farmers donate their crops to us include:

How It Works

  • After receiving a request from a farmer, Boston Area Gleaners contacts the farmer to determine:

  • Dave Dumaresq of
    Farmer Dave's, Dracut
  • Based on this information, we post the Gleaning Trip on our website. Our volunteers are notified that a Gleaning Trip has been posted, what the general location is, and what produce will be harvested.

  • Volunteers receive the exact location and instructions to the farm only after they sign up for a Gleaning Trip and agree to our liability waiver. This waiver covers both the farm/farmer(s) and Boston Area Gleaners.

  • All volunteers are given an orientation about who the generous farmer is, why the crop is being donated, exactly which crops to harvest and where to walk, any special instructions, and safety guidelines.

  • Boston Area Gleaners is fully insured, and we provide accurate harvest records. Farmer references are available upon request.

    To the Harvest!