Sussex Gleaning Network

Sussex Gleaning Network organises volunteers to visit farms and harvest surplus produce for charity

gleaning network group of volunteers

They work with farmers across Sussex in search of fruit and veg in need of rescue, so they have their eyes peeled for gleaning opportunities at all times!  Once the produce is harvested they send it to local charity partners, such as FareShare, who distribute the fresh and delicious crop to their network of charitable organisations feeding vulnerable people.


Volunteering on a gleaning day is a fun way to be outside in the countryside, see how food is produced, prevent food waste and meet wonderful people. Gleaning involves a fair amount of physical work as you will be on your feet all of the day (except lunch) harvesting, however people of all abilities are most welcome.


  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Wednesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays

Irregular days at 1-2 weeks notice period. This is 2/3 times per month during the busy season.
The time commitment for a full gleaning day is roughly 9am-5pm, as there is usually a journey to reach the farm and to get a good amount of harvesting done they aim to be on the farm between 10am-4pm.


Access to a vehicle shouldn’t be a barrier to come as lift-sharing is the most common way that gleaners travel to the day. Having said that, drivers are particularly welcome as sometimes they are short on available seats to the farm. It’s also a great way to get to know people before getting to the farm.

The Gleaning Network has a budget to cover volunteer travel (for fuel or public transport tickets) of up to £12 per person.


Phil Holtam

Email: Sussex@Feedbackglobal.orgFacebook

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When the project is invited to glean they put a volunteer call-out to their mailing list and social media followers to let people know the date and rough location of the farm.


Locations at farms around Sussex. The office location is at Brighthelm.

Sussex Gleaning Network

Locations at farms around Sussex. The office location is at Brighthelm.

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