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 2020 Gleaning Program. If you have further questions please call the coordinator at 250-816-4769 or email email@example.com
Gleaning Program 2021
As with the 2020 season, the Gleaning Program will go ahead this year but in an altered fashion to accommodate physical distancing.
All gleaners who have attended an orientation within the past 4 years and wish to join the 2021 season are asked to sign up without attending the full orientation again. There are two ways you can sign up.
- Attend a sign-up session in person (dates below). You will need to fill out a membership form and submit payment. Please bring exact change for your fee as we will not be making change (the fee is a sliding scale between $15-$25) or have a cheque made out to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. This will be done in the gazebo at the Pine St Community Garden and everyone will be asked to follow physical distancing guidelines and wear masks
- Print and mail in a membership form (attached) and payment. This will take longer and you may miss out on some early picks. Be sure to include your cheque for payment. Mail in information is contained on the membership form
A hard or digital copy of our latest orientation will be provided to you so that you can see what protocols are in place for gleaning in 2021. As always, contact Lee at 250-816-4769 if you have any questions about if you need to attend an orientation this year.
Sign-up sessions for returning gleaners will be:
- Monday July 19, 6:30 – 7pm (before the orientation)
- Saturday July 24, 10:30-11am (before the orientation)
If you haven’t been a gleaner for this program before you will need to attend a mandatory safety orientation. The orientations will be held in the Pine St Community Garden behind the Foodshare Centre at 271 Pine St. While the open-air gazebo in the garden can accommodate a few people, larger numbers cannot be sufficiently distanced so rain may limit the number of gleaners who can attend. 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 invite any friends or family that want to glean with you. Non-registered gleaners are not permitted on picks. Latecomers are disruptive and may miss important information about the program so please be on time. There will be time to answer all your questions about the program. Please remember to wear a mask.
You will need to fill out a membership form and submit payment. Please bring exact change for your fee as we will not be making change (the fee is a sliding scale between $15-$25) or have a cheque made out to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society.
The dates for 2021 orientations are:
- Monday July 19, 7-8pm
- Saturday July 24, 11am – noon
Protocols for 2021 will be explained and a hard or digital copy of our latest orientation will be provided to you for review at any time. Call Lee at 250-816-4769 if you have questions about the program or the orientations.
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.
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.
The Gleaning Program 2020 is a joint project of:
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province on British Columbia. This program is also made possible through the work of many dedicated volunteers.