2016 Conference Archive

(Group photo coming)

The 4th annual “Community Jam” Northern California Harvesting/Gleaning Conference was held Saturday June 4, 2016 in Rohnert Park. It was hosted this year by gleaning groups and organizers of Sonoma County. The event brought individuals, groups, and organizations from across Northern California and beyond that assist their community by harvesting or collecting fresh fruit or produce from homes, farms, or markets, to connect, share, and learn together.

Sessions and Notes

Warm WelcomeMelita Love (Farm to Pantry) and Phina Borgeson (Food Ministry Networker, Episcopal Diocese of Northern California), Sonoma County

Setting the Scene of Gleaning TodayCraig Diserens, Village Harvest, Santa Clara County

Breakout Sessions, Round 1:

  1. Setting up the basics: establishing your group, forming your leadership structure, & volunteer recruitment and retention –  Craig Diserens, Village Harvest, Santa Clara County
  2. Collaborative leadership skillsSuzi Grady, Petaluma Bounty, Sonoma County
  3. Food rescue and recoveryJune Michaels, Sonoma Food Runners & Mimi Enright, UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County
  4. Grants and FundraisingCrowd Sourced Topic

Panel – Emily WIlson (GleanSlo), Suzi Grady (Petaluma Bounty), Ally Gialketsis (Food Forward), and Julia Sanders (Food Runners San Francisco)

Breakout Sessions, Round 2:

  1. Setting up the basic: harvesting, record-keeping, and boxing, storing, transporting, and distributing –  Dani Wilcox, Farm to Pantry, Sonoma County
  2. Community Engagement and Empowerment in the Gleaning Movement – Craig Diserens, Village Harvest, Santa Clara County, and Melita Love, Farm to Pantry, Sonoma County
  3. Advocacy and Public Policy – Suzi Grady, Petaluma Bounty, Sonoma County, and Julia Van Soelen Kim, UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County
  4. Gleaning within the larger movementCrowd Sourced Topic

Bringing It All together: Reflections On the Day – Phina Borgeson, Food Ministry Networker, Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

Hosted By

Community Jam • Farm To Pantry • Petaluma Bounty • Sonoma Food Runners • Sonoma Valley Gleaning Project • UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County