The Gleaning Program

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Overview of the Gleaning Program

The Gleaning Program was established in 2003 to help reduce food waste in Nanaimo and area. Volunteer gleaners pick fruit and vegetables from backyards and gardens that would otherwise be wasted. Please read below for information on the 2022 Gleaning Program. If you have further questions please call the coordinator at 250-816-4769 or email gleaning@ncgs.ca

 

Gleaning Program 2022

Orientations will be held in the spring of 2022 (May and June). Check back in April of 2022 to find out the orientation dates or email gleaning@ncgs.ca to be added to the waiting list to be informed when the dates have been set.

 

Surplus fruit to share? Don’t let it go to waste!

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Share your produce!
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 of one to two weeks is requested to allow time to coordinate the picks.

Do you want to help? If you are a local farmer who wishes to have gleaners harvest surplus vegetables or other crops, please contact the Gleaning Program for more information about how we can support you by providing an income tax receipt and leaving some of the produce with you to sell. We have provided gleaners for peas, blueberries, raspberries and corn.

Contact the Gleaning Program at 250-816-4769 to register your crop.

Become a gleaner!IMG_0231

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 invited on organized picks throughout the season. Please note that most communication is done through email so you will need to have a valid email address that you check frequently.

Orientations are about one hour in length and include a ladder demonstration. 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. All gleaners must have a safety orientation. The earlier you sign up, the better your chances of attending an early pick, such as a cherry pick.


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The Gleaning Program 2021 is a joint project of:

Nanaimo Foodshare Society
Nanaimo Community Gardens Society

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province on British Columbia. This program is also made possible through the work of many dedicated volunteers.

Thank you!