Northwest Gleaners Summit 2014 - Thank you!



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On June 21 2014, Rotary First Harvest  hosted a Second Annual Northwest Gleaners Summit in Portland, OR at TaborSpace.



Gleaning is an ancient practice of harvesting surplus food from farm fields and orchards. With over 96 million pounds of pre-consumer food in America going to waste every year, gleaning has reemerged as a 21st century solution to hunger. With more working families struggling to put food on the table, gleaning efforts are also necessary to provide more produce to food banks and prevent waste. The second annual Pacific Northwest PNW Gleaners Summit will represent all these facets and connect various sized gleaning organizations from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. We hope this conference will provide gleaners, and those interested in Gleaning, a chance to come together and grow as a community. 


Tickets are $15

Visit Rotary First Harvest to learn more about Harvest Against Hunger and last year's Gleaning Summit.



Speaker Lineup

David Bobanick and Benjamin Rasmus of Rotary First Harvest talk about the hunger, food waste and building gleaning into a broader movement.

Panel #1 Partnerships:  Build strong relationship – who to reach out to and why? 

Katy Kolker, Executive Director of the Portland Fruit Tree project 
Luke Hallowell, Project Coordinator at Fields of Grace in Spokane 
Ava Mikolavich, Director of Urban Gleaners in Portland
Matt Price, Local Food Access Specialist Pierce Conservation District 

Panel #2 Project Sustainability and Outreach  - Crop Donation Tax Credit and Purchasing From Farmers

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Advocacy at Oregon Food Bank 
Cole Bitzenburg, Field to Family Coordinator at Community Action of Skagit County 
Heather Sundean, Produce Manager at the Thurston County Food Bank



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9am - 9:15


Registration and Breakfast

9:15 - 9:30



9:30 - 10:00


How to Create a Movement - Talk by David Bobanick and Benjamin Rasmus on the Future of Gleaning and Produce Recovery

10:00 - 11:15  


Panel Talk on Partnerships and Relationship Building

11:15 - 11:25 



11:25 - 12:40 pm


Panel Talk on Farmer Benefits and Project Sustainability

12:40 - 1:30  


Lunch Break

1:30 - 1:45


Introduction to Open Conference

1:45 - 2:45


Breakouts - Topics include Farmer Outreach, Food Waste, Storage and Volunteer Engagement

2:45 - 3pm


Coffee Break and Regroup

3 - 3:50


Group Discussion and

Summit Wrap Up

3:50 - 4



 End of Summit

 4 -6 pm                                       Bike Against Hunger at Cartladia







A Weekend of Gleaning Opportunities


  • Bike Against Hunger - After Summit Talk at Cartlandia

 Join us after the summit and ride 5 miles with Benjamin and Heather as they continue their awareness ride to Washington DC.  We will leave from TaborSpace after the summit and ride 5 miles to Cartlandia.

Everyone is welcome!

Event listing in Pedalpalooza 

Visit the Bike Against Hunger page here


Benjamin Rasmus, RFH program director, and Heather Hoffman, community activist, will pedal 3,750 miles from Washington State to Washington DC calling attention to hunger, food waste and gleaning in America. The bike ride will last about ten weeks from mid-June to late-August 2014. Along the route they will stop at farms, food banks, nonprofits and service clubs to talk and learn about the paradox of food waste and hunger.


Facebook event page & Pedalpalooza page


 Community Orchards Ride


Fruit for all!

Ride to 2 community managed urban orchards that are growing fruit free for anyone to harvest. We’ll meet with community members at each site and hear about how community orchards are building community and addressing food justice. 

The ride starts at Sabin Community Orchard on NE Mason between 18th and 19th.The route is about 6.5 miles including part of the Sunday Parkways route.

We’ll end with a picnic at the Fruits of Diversity orchard in North Portland. Bring snacks to share if you can.