Harvest Blog

Year 2 Reflections: Harvest VISTA Accomplishments

AmeriCorps member Bethany Brown serves as the Community Food System Harvest VISTA at Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank in Walla Walla, Washington. The overall goal of the Harvest VISTA program is to reduce food waste while increasing the amount of fresh nutritious produce available to people experiencing poverty

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New Harvest VISTA Team Member: Welcome Sarah!

Sarah Armbruster is an AmeriCorps member serving at AGO & HAH as the Washington State Gleaning Network Development VISTA in Seattle, Washington. Her service is focused on increasing accessibility to fresh local produce to low-income families in Washington state by increasing the capacity of organizations

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Ethan Cory

New Team Member: Ethan Cory!

Ethan Cory is an AmeriCorps member serving at City Fruit as the Fundraising & Development Specialist VISTA in Seattle, Washington. Their project is focused on the development of a fundraising plan, aimed toward individual donors and City Fruit members; foundations, corporations, and government sources; and

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A Community that Cooks Together, Thrives Together 

Danyelle Neumann is an AmeriCorps member serving Tacoma Farmers Market as the Fresh Express Mobile Farmers Market VISTA in Washington. The overall goal of the Harvest VISTA program is to reduce food waste while increasing the amount of fresh nutritious produce available to people experiencing

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Breakdown of The Walla Walla Valley Food System Coalition

AmeriCorps member Bethany Brown serves as the Community Food System Harvest VISTA at Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank in Walla Walla, Washington. The overall goal of the Harvest VISTA program is to reduce food waste while increasing the amount of fresh nutritious produce available to

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New Harvest VISTA Leader: Welcome, Laura!

Laura Kozuszek will be focusing on developing long-lasting strategies as a Harvest VISTA Leader in the AmeriCorps Harvest VISTA Program at Harvest Against Hunger. This will include program outreach, engagement, communications, and recruitment to support the 12 host sites around the country. The overall goal of

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A New Seed Library is Coming to Town

Anaistasia is serving in the AmeriCorps Harvest VISTA Program with South King County Food Coalition and Elk Run Farm in Washington as the Cultural Program Coordinator VISTA. Anaistasia discusses the ways in which South King County Food Coalition and Elk Run Farm are addressing systemic

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New Harvest VISTA Member: Welcome, Luca!

Luca serves with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) as the Tribal Food Systems VISTA. NPAIHB is home to the largest Tribal Health Epicenter in the United States, with numerous programs focused on addressing the public health needs of 43 tribes they serve.

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September HAH Site Visits

Harvest Against Hunger works as a connector and community collaborator to identify, address, and support the implementation of local efforts towards sustainable food systems, community food security, and reduction of food waste. Harvest Against Hunger houses programs, such as Farm to Community (F2C) and the

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Community Gardening in Kitsap County

Katie is an AmeriCorps Harvest VISTA member coordinating Kitsap Harvest’s Grow-a-Row program as the Grow-a-Row Coordinator VISTA. Kitsap Harvest (KH) 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

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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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