Gleaning is Back!!
Nanaimo Foodshare and Nanaimo Community Gardens are cooperating to offer the Gleaning Program for its 11th year!
Do you have surplus fruit to share? Don't let it go to waste!
Hunger and poverty are a serious concern in Nanaimo. People are lined up at our food banks.
The gleaning program helps connect members of our community – allowing a safe and supervised opportunity for people to share their excess produce, get their trees picked and help those in need have access to healthy, fresh produce.
Nanaimo has an abundance of fruit, nuts and vegetables growing in backyards and farmers fields throughout the region. Often gardeners and farmers grow more than they can use or share and the surplus goes to waste. In our current economic climate, hunger and poverty are a serious concern and people line up at local food banks.
The Gleaning Program was launched in 2003 to help community members access and share surplus produce. Volunteer gleaners pick produce and share some with family, friends and neighbours. A significant amount of produce is donated to local agencies such as the food bank (approximately 30% of overall harvests).To date, the program has harvested nearly 150,000 pounds of fruit, vegetable and nuts.
Last year 96 gleaners went on 139 picks to harvest over 15,000 lbs of produce which went to 21 community agencies. Thank you for making 2012 such a success!
If you have (or anticipate having) more fruits, nuts or vegetables than you can use, please call the Gleaning Program. We will do our best to link you with volunteers willing to pick. Advance notice is needed (ideally 1 -2 weeks) to allow time to coordinate the picks. Also consider registering your fruit tree in preparation for next year.
Register your tree or produce today!
Become a Gleaner
To become a volunteer gleaner:
- Join the Nanaimo Foodshare Society (Link to the “Become a member page”) or the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society
- Attend a brief orientation and safety session:
These are about 45 minutes in length. We will meet in the gazebo at the Pine St Community Garden located behind the Foodshare Centre at 271 Pine St. Children are welcome to play in the garden while you attend. Dogs must be leashed. Orientations have been scheduled for the following times:
· Saturday June 22 at 10am
· Monday June 24 at 6pm
· Wednesday June 26 at 4pm
· Saturday June 29 at 10am
· Tuesday July 2 at 6pm
Be sure to bring your membership fee (sliding scale $10-$25) and family and friends if they might want to pick with you occasionally. Cherries are starting to turn pink on the trees so the earlier you sign up, the better your chances of attending a cherry pick. If you can’t make it to one of these dates and you want to glean, please contact us and we will work something out. Call 250-816-4769.
Once registered, gleaners will be invited on organized picks throughout the season.
Our volunteers pick produce which they can then share with family, friends and neighbours. A significant amount of produce is also donated to local agencies such as the food bank.
Thanks to all volunteers who have made this program so successful.
Need to know more? Contact:
The Gleaning Program is a joint project of:
Nanaimo Foodshare Society
Nanaimo Community Gardens Society