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The Garden Gleaning Project

The Garden Gleaning Project is a collaborative effort that builds relationships between gardeners and food shelves.  Our mission is to facilitate the harvesting and distribution of fresh produce from gardens in the community to local food shelves.  We partner with backyard gardeners, community gardens, farmer’s markets, food shelves and volunteers to improve healthy food access in our communities.

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The Challenge and Opportunity:

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10.3% of Minnesotans live in households that sometimes struggle to get enough food.  The costs of hunger and limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables in Minnesota are staggering.  The Garden Gleaning Project is organizing from the ground up to change this through an improved access to healthy and fresh foods in food shelves in Hennepin County

This neighbor-to-neighbor project aims to source locally grown produce with a special emphasis placed on the importance of fostering longstanding and sustainable relationships between food shelves and their nearby community gardens.  Through capacity building, networking, and resource sharing, the project engages community members in bringing about a healthier, more dignified, and more resilient local foods system.

Register Your Garden:

Interested in growing food for your local food shelf? Register your garden with the Garden Gleaning Project or contact us at

Volunteer to Grow and Harvest Fresh Food for those in Need:


Garden Gleaning Toolkit:

Garden Gleaning Toolkit

Garden Gleaning Toolkit

The Garden Gleaning Project also provides resources, such as our Toolkit, for growers and food shelves to assist them in increasing fresh food access in their communities.


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  1. July 4, 2013 1:09 pm

    The Gleaning Project stopped at our Project Sweetie Pie garden at 8th and Humboldt and collected pounds of mustard and collard greens. These greens, started in cups by the Seed Academy students, were cultivated and harvested by local STEP-UP students. They will go on to make people happy and well fed, a win-win-win!

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