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We will be hosting a training session for Glean Team Members and Food Banks Ambassadors on March 21, so please register as a volunteer if you have not yet done so and RSVP here. You can feel free to e-mail Marissa Woerner with questions.

 

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About the Harvest Issaquah program

 

Harvest Issaquah is a community supported urban gleaning initiative which works through the following avenues: 

  • Encouraging gardeners to Grow a Row for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and donate the harvest, 

  • Arranging Picking Parties for community members with extra veggies, berries, or tree fruits on their property   

  • Weekly presence at the Issaquah and Sammamish Farmers Markets, where shoppers and vendors can make donations during the course of the day,

  • Reaching out to backyard chicken farmers who have extra, clean, unfertilized eggs, and 

  • Collecting cookbooks which we re-distribute to our customers to give them ideas of how to use the food available through the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

 

 

With your help, we were able to collect 18,087 pounds of fresh produce in 2016!  

Here's where it came from: 

  • Sammamish Farmers Market: 3,019 lbs

  • Issaquah Farmers Market: 11,884 lbs

  • Pickering Garden:  1,244 lbs

  • Gleaning and other donations:  1,940 lbs

  • Plus over 200 cookbooks!

Let's look ahead to the 2017 harvest season!

 

Are you interested in starting a garden in your back yard, or expanding your garden so you can Grow a Row for the Issaquah Food Bank?  This in-depth guide lists planting seasons, difference between store and home-grown quality, production per row and more.  

 

 

If you are already planning to donate your extra harvest, we have a Garden Partner Harvest Calendar, which you can download, fill out and return so we can plan for your donation.   We accept donations at Farmers Markets and at our back [receiving] door Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-1:30 pm.  

 

If you are interested in having a Glean Team come to your property for a Picking Party, please get in touch so we can coordinate your harvest.  Please be aware that Picking Parties typically only occur on Tuesday afternoons, so space is limited!  We'd love to hear from you as soon as possible so our team can be of assistance.

 

If you’d like to volunteer to help with Picking Parties, you can become a member of our Glean Team by signing up here.  Once you’re registered as a volunteer and have completed your orientation, you can log in through the volunteer dashboard and sign up for opportunities which interest you.  Picking Parties typically take place on Tuesday afternoons.

 

 

We also encourage you to volunteer to represent the Issaquah Food Bank as a Food Bank Ambassador at the Issaquah and Sammamish Farmers Markets!   

 

The Sammamish Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday, from 4:00-8:00 pm.  We are in a booth located by the library every week, connecting with community members and taking donations.  The Issaquah Farmers Market takes place every Saturday, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm, and we are there!  You can find us in front of the Pickering Barn, where we will be happy to talk with you about our other programs and take donations from shoppers and vendors alike.   

 

 

We will be hosting a training session for Glean Team Members and Food Banks Ambassadors on March 21, so please register as a volunteer if you have not yet done so and RSVP here. You can feel free to e-mail Marissa Woerner with questions.

 

 

Do you have chickens?  If so, we need you!  You can deliver cartons of clean, unfertilized eggs at the Farmers Markets, or to our delivery door, Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm. 

 

“Like” the Harvest Issaquah Facebook page for regular updates!