The Glean Machine: A harvest-aid for field gleaning designed to reduce food loss and give volunteers improved field accessibility

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2017: $219,971.00
Projected End Date: 09/30/2020
Grant Recipient: North Carolina State University
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Rebecca Dunning
North Carolina State University Horticulture
This how-to document describes the design and construction of the 'Glean Machine' a harvest aid designed to reduce workers harvest effort for field fruit and vegetable crops. Intended for use by gleaning organizations, the piloted use of the Glean Machine was found to heighten volunteer morale and enable a broader participation of older and disabled individuals in gleaning events.
Lisa Johnson, NCSU
Michael Boyette, NCSU
Justin Macialek, NCSU
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.