2015 Gleaning is starting!

Volunteer gleaners
The 2015 gleaning season, to gather surplus fruit and vegetables from Nanaimo area gardens, farms, and backyards, is about to begin. 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.


Volunteer gleaners must be willing to attend one brief orientation and safety session, and join as a member of the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society and Nanaimo Foodshare Society. Once registered, gleaners will be assigned to Pick Teams and invited on organized picks throughout the season. Orientations 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 5 dates in 2015:

  • Friday June 5, 2015 at 11am
  • Sunday June 7, 2015 at 10am
  • Wednesday June 10, 2015 at 4pm
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 2pm
  • Monday June 21, 2015 at 11am

Be sure to bring your membership fee (sliding scale $10-$25) and family and friends if they might want to pick with you occasionally. The earlier you sign up, the better your chances of attending an early pick, such as a cherry pick. If you can’t make it to one of these dates and you want to glean, please contact me and we will work something out. Call 250-816-4769 or email gleaning@nanaimocommunitygardens.ca.

Greenhouse update

2015 is the last year we will be operating in our present greenhouse, but we are working hard and negotiating with local authorities to set up another site so we can continue to offer seedlings to the community in 2016.

Help us build out new greenhouses! Learn more about the new site we’ve chosen and how we’re going to get there.