The Gleaning Program


Gleaning 2017

Orientation dates have been set!  Please see below or the Events page for dates.


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.

In 2016, the Gleaning Program had an excellent year and harvested the greatest amount of produce in any year. Key numbers for 2016:

Sanmiya Photos Oct, 2011 293110 picks

957 volunteer hours

23,350 lbs of produce

128 volunteer gleaners

Local agencies received 30% of the produce that was harvested with the rest going to tree owners and gleaners. Overall 2016 was so successful because of weather. A very mild spring ensured pollination of most fruit trees and resulted in a heavy crop for early, mid, and some late season varieties.

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


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.

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

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 assigned to Pick Teams and invited on organized picks throughout the season.

Orientations are about one hour 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. When you attend an orientation, please bring your annual membership fee (sliding scale $15-$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 the orientation dates and you want to glean, please contact the gleaning coordinator and we will work something out. Call 250-816-4769 or email

2017 Gleaning season information:

Please attend one of the orientation dates below to join the program. You do not have to pre-register for a session – just show up! Remember to bring your annual membership fee (sliding scale $15-$25) and any friends or family that want to glean with you. All your questions will be answered at these one-hour sessions.

SEPT_121Be dressed for the weather as the orientations are held outside under the gazebo in the Pine St Community Garden behind the Foodshare Centre at 271 Pine St.

2017 Orientation Session Dates:

Wednesday May 31st 4pm-5pm

Saturday June 3 10am-11am

Monday June 5th 6pm-7pm

Thursday June 8th 2pm-3pm

Sunday June 11th 1pm-2pm

Tuesday June 13th 2pm-3pm

The Gleaning Program 2017 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!

The AGM and volunteer appreciation cake