Opportunities for Volunteers
Although different fruits and vegetables are gleaned throughout the growing season, the most anticipated gleaning is the Watermelon Crawl, our annual gleaning festival generously sponsored by Bank of the Ozarks. Watermelon Crawl is held in late July or early August at Scott Melons and More. This is a day of great fun, good food, live music and hard work. Volunteers gather in the field to help pick and load watermelons for transport, and everyone enjoys traditional harvest games like the watermelon eating contest, watermelon relays and other fun events. In 2015, the 100+ degree temperature led us to cut the event short to ensure the safety of our volunteers and staff. Nevertheless, our volunteers gleaned more than 17,000 pounds of watermelon in just two hours!
Hope to see you at next year’s Watermelon Crawl 2016!
We think gleaning is a great opportunity for people ― especially children and young people ― to reconnect with the earth and be reminded where our food really comes from. For school and civic groups, Sunday school classes, scout troops and others, gleaning offers object lessons in cooperation, community service and compassionate giving.
If you or your group would like to be involved in our gleaning efforts, we encourage you to subscribe to our Alliance Alert newsletter and LIKE our Facebook page, where we post Arkansas Gleaning Project volunteer alerts . You’ll find out about upcoming gleaning events and how you can participate. You can also fill out the downloadable Gleaning Volunteer form, email it back to us, and we will contact you when it’s time to go into the fields.