Harvest Blog

Thanking Our Local Growers

Aleina is an Americorps VISTA member, serving as a Harvest Summer Associate to the Gleaning Program at the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) in Olympia Washington.The Gleaning program connects with local growers to pick up their excess produce and distribute it to the many service

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Experimental Crops Interview with Maria at Elk Run Farm

Rhianna Costiloe (pronouns: Rhianna/They/She/We) is Elk Run Farm’s AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associate Service Member through the Harvest VISTA program. They’re at Elk Run Farm for 10 weeks, during the farm’s peak harvest season, alongside five high school students in the Summer Internship program. Together this

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Salvaging Sweet Corn with Concrete Jungle

Meggie serves as the Program Expansion and Communications VISTA for Concrete Jungle. Concrete Jungle is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that transforms overlooked and underutilized fruit trees and land into a healthy food source for communities in need. Partnering with dozens of local organizations to distribute produce,

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Curly Garlic Scapes

Danyelle is an AmeriCorps member serving Tacoma Farmers Market as the Fresh Express Mobile Farmers Market VISTA in Washington. Her service will help to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income communities where individuals and families can utilize the SNAP EBT incentive program. Her goal

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Meet Rhianna!

Rhianna Costiloe (pronouns: Rhianna/They/She/We) is Elk Run Farm’s AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associate Service Member through the Harvest VISTA program. They’re at Elk Run Farm for 10 weeks, during the farm’s peak harvest season, alongside five high school students in the Summer Internship program. Together this

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Meet Fern!

Fern is an AmeriCorps member that serves as Concrete Jungle’s Programs and Operations Summer Associate. Concrete Jungle turns overlooked and underutilized fruit trees and land into a healthy food source for communities in need. Working with community members and other local organizations in Georgia, Concrete

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Meet Aleina!

Aleina is an Americorps VISTA member, serving as a Harvest Summer Associate in the Gleaning Program at the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) in Olympia Washington. The Gleaning program connects with local growers to pick up their excess produce and distribute it to the many

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Welcome, Bethany!

As a Community Food System VISTA at Blue Mountain Action Council, Bethany is focusing on increasing access to local produce which includes continual building upon a robust and efficient local food system.  A large part of her work involves capacity building such as deepening current

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Welcome, Danyelle!

Danyelle is an AmeriCorps member serving Tacoma Farmers Market as the Fresh Express Mobile Farmers Market VISTA in Washington. Her service will help to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income communities where individuals and families can utilize the SNAP EBT incentive program. Her goal

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Welcome, Meggie!

Meggie serves as the Program Expansion and Communications VISTA for Concrete Jungle. Concrete Jungle is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that transforms overlooked and underutilized fruit trees and land into a healthy food source for communities in need. Partnering with dozens of local organizations to distribute produce,

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Introduction to Grow-A-Row

Katie is an AmeriCorps member coordinating the Kitsap Harvest Grow-a-Row program as the Grow-a-Row Coordinator VISTA. Kitsap Harvest is based in Bremerton but serves the whole Kitsap County area in Washington. Kitsap Harvest has an established gleaning program that is very fruit heavy and would

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Welcome, Katie!

Katie is an AmeriCorps member coordinating Kitsap Harvest Grow-a-Row program as the Grow-a-Row Coordinator VISTA. Kitsap Harvest is based in Bremerton but serves the whole Kitsap County area in Washington. KH has an established gleaning program that is very fruit heavy and would like to

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Welcome, Vera-Camille!

Vera-Camille works as a Fundraising and Development Specialist for City Fruit. City Fruit is an organization focused not only on the distribution of harvested orchard fruit throughout Seattle, but the establishment of new orchard sites, the fostering of communities around them, the training of master

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Welcome, Anaistasia!

Anaistasia is serving in the Harvest VISTA Program with South King County Food Coalition in Washington as the Cultural Program Coordinator VISTA.  Anaistasia is Western Washington born-and-raised, transplanted in Seattle the moment she turned 18. She sought AmeriCorps service as the next step on a

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Strengthening agency partnerships through survey feedback

Harvest VISTA Meredith Days serves as the Outreach and Communications Assistant at Boston Area Gleaners, located in Acton, Massachusetts. Boston Area Gleaners is a food recovery organization dedicated to harvesting surplus farm crops, preventing waste, and nourishing local families in Eastern Massachusetts. Boston Area Gleaners

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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr’s Legacy Through Service

Gabe Gibbens is an AmeriCorps service member, serving as the Gleaning and Education Coordinator VISTA for OIC of Washington. Located in the Yakima Valley of Washington, OIC operates a food bank and distribution center, community center, rental assistance programs, GED courses, career training, and more.

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