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Full Membership Agreement

What is AGO?

The Association of Gleaning Organizations is a member-lead network that builds the capacity of organizations recovering fresh fruits and vegetables from farms, gardens, and backyards across North America. By engaging communities to harvest surplus produce, vulnerable populations are provided with increased access to wholesome foods. Our network of gleaning organizations is adaptable, sustainable, and connected.

AGO is a hub to support and connect gleaning organizations through opportunities to network and communicate among members, a platform to share financial and programmatic resources and education and advocacy about gleaning and its potential impact.

Member Expectations

Members are expected to be actively involved in the work of gleaning unharvested and unsold produce. Members could be actively gleaning food, running a gleaning organization, or providing services and support to gleaners. Members are expected to be champions of gleaning, food waste reduction, community building, and/or providing access to wholesome foods.

Members should be actively engaging with other members of the organization and the association’s programmings. We define actively engaged as engaging 3-5 times a year with AGO and it’s members. Members are expected to share ideas with others and participate in the Association’s efforts to collect data needed to tell a shared story about gleaning and its impact.  This association is member lead and run so you may be asked from time to time to share your expertise or serve on a board or committee.

Member Bennefits

  • Access to our Mentorship Program
  • Access to our Small Groups
  • One on one mentoring, advice, and connections to other gleaners facilitated by our Executive Director
  • Free printable and shareable PDF of the 2020 Gleaning Census sent to you. Non Members will be able to view the report but will not be able to print or download it.
  • All the pride your little heart can hold for being a FOUNDING MEMBER of AGO!!!

What Our Members Say

"The Association of Gleaning Organizations has helped us to feel more connected. Being a member gives our organization another resource when questions arise. There are so many experts in this community that have saved us, probably 100 times, from recreating the wheel."
"Without this organization [AGO] I would not be able to glean at all this year."

Frequently Asked Question

Annual Membership fees are $25 for organizations with no paid staff and $50 for organizations with paid staff. If these membership fees are prohibitive to you, reach out to Shawn@gleaners.us

The only thing we ask is that you share your harvest data with us at the end of each season so we can continue to create gleaning reports and advocate for the industry as a whole.

No. We provide a lot of resources, but funding is not currently one of them (yet!).

As organizations across the country become aware of one another, our mutual feelings of isolation and untapped resources led us to host the first Gleaning Symposium in 2017. At this gathering, the increased impact of sharing resources and connecting to similar organizations became apparent. In 2018, we decided to form a member-led association that would centralize our efforts, advance the gleaning movement, and speak for gleaners as a whole.

No. We are looking for more board members. If you are interested, please send us a message. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get news straight to your inbox.

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