The Gleaning Program


Gleaning 2019

Orientations have been held for 2019. One final orientation will be held on July 10, 2019 at 6pm. See our home page for details.  Please ask to be placed on our mailing list to get notified about next years’ orientations by contacting:

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.

Here are some key numbers for the 2018 season:

Sanmiya Photos Oct, 2011 293 67 picks

384 volunteer hours

10,972 lbs of produce

93 volunteer gleaners

Local agencies received 50% of the produce that was harvested with the rest going to tree owners and gleaners. Overall 2018 was moderately successful, especially compared with the crop failure of 2017.


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 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.







2019 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. 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.

2019 Orientation Session Dates:

Be 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. Everyone will need to attend the entire orientation session to join the Gleaning Program. There will be a ladder demonstration. Latecomers will be asked to attend another orientation date as it is important to hear the entire safety orientation. 

 • Sunday May 19th 10am – 11am
• Saturday May 25th 10am-11am
• Wednesday May 29th 4pm-5pm
• Sunday June 2nd 2pm – 3pm
• Friday June 7th 10am – 11am
• Tuesday June 11th 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday July 10, 2019


The Gleaning Program 2019 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!