Harvest Blog

Turning to Monthly Giving as a Reliable Income Source

Aaron New is a VISTA Leader with Harvest Against Hunger in Seattle, WA. In his role, he aids the program by developing outreach and fundraising strategies to expand Harvest’s capacity to work toward their mission. He also provides mentorship and professional development opportunities to the

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Saving Muscadines with Concrete Jungle

Melanie Jones serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA with Concrete Jungle in Atlanta, Georgia. As the Communications Coordinator, Melanie manages the social media channels for Concrete Jungle as well as the website and newsletter. She’s also helping to increase Concrete Jungle’s connections to small-scale distribution sites

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A Summer in the Life: Another VISTA Perspective

Kyleigh Humes served as a Summer Associate VISTA at Kitsap Harvest in Bremerton, Washington. She helped further Kitsap’s mission to connect “abundance to need by reducing food waste, nurturing community, and providing equitable access to fresh, locally grown food.” Below, Kyleigh reflects on her summer,

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A Summer in the Life: One VISTA’s Perspective

Ife Asabi served as a Summer Associate VISTA at City Fruit in Seattle, WA. City Fruit harvests and gleans thousands of pounds of fruit each year from Seattle’s public and private orchards, and distributes it to local food banks, food programs, restaurants, bakeries, and farmers

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Welcome, Melanie!

Melanie Jones is excited to be working with Concrete Jungle in Atlanta, Georgia this year! Melanie is a runner, hiker, gardener, and general outdoor enthusiast. While her professional background is in fundraising and bookkeeping, she was ready to make a turn and learn more about

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The Great Fruit Distribution: City Fruit’s Processes

Kaitlyn Ganrude serves as a Summer Associate VISTA at City Fruit in Seattle, WA. City Fruit harvests and gleans thousands of pounds of fruit each year from Seattle’s public and private orchards, and distributes it to local food banks, food programs, restaurants, bakeries, and farmers

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Bringing a Community Together with Gardening

Gabriel Gibbens is a Harvest VISTA serving at the OIC of Washington in Yakima, WA. As the Gleaning and Education Coordinator, Gabriel connects with Yakima Valley farmers to coordinate gleaning events and works alongside the SNAP-Ed education program to promote healthy eating within the community.

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What Stories Do Numbers Tell?

Gillian D’Acierno is a Harvest VISTA serving in Vermont with Northeast Kingdom Gleaners, a new gleaning program in the state’s Northeast Kingdom, a tri-county region nestled against New Hampshire and Quebec. On inspiration, insecurity, and success metrics. Two thousand pounds of squash gleaned! Ten thousand

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Welcome, Kyleigh!

I am Kyleigh Humes, Kitsap Harvest’s Summer Associate VISTA. I came into this role to build a foundation for my understanding of food systems. When I was going to school at Olympic College in Bremerton and living on Bainbridge Island the quality and accommodations at

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Welcome, Marissa!

Marissa Acosta is from Black Diamond, Washington, a little town known for its past in mining. Marissa was raised with plants; her mother having a lovely garden and a hefty assortment of indoor foliage. Marissa’s own passion for plants began at the start of the

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Welcome, Aria!

Aria Knutson is a Harvest VISTA Summer Associate serving with Upper Valley MEND in Leavenworth, WA this season. Hi there!! My name is Aria and I have been living in Leavenworth for the past year. I was raised in Seattle, but I learned to ski

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Welcome, Kaitlyn!

Kaitlyn Ganrude is originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin. During her college career at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Kaitlyn decided to pursue a degree in Public Health/Community Health Education. She found that this path aligned well with her broad desire to help communities

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Welcome, Ife!

Ife Asabi is an Oakland, California native who has recently relocated to Seattle for a drastic change in scenery. Ife loves nature and all things green. A big motive for their move was to have the opportunity to get more in touch with nature and

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