The Gleaning Program


Gleaning Program 2023

Orientations for 2023 have been held and we already have our full roster of gleaners for this season. Please email to be added to the email list for 2024 and in April you will receive a list of orientation dates held in May for the 2024 season. 


Overview of the Gleaning Program

The Gleaning Program in Nanaimo is a partnership between Nanaimo Foodshare Society and Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. Established in 2003, The goal of the Gleaning Program is 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 2023 Gleaning Program. If you have further questions please call the coordinator at 250-816-4769 or email


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 a one-hour orientation and safety session, and pay a $25 membership fee. 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 Street 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.


To listen to a CBC interview held August 31, 2023 that explains the gleaning program in more detail, use this link




The Gleaning Program 2023 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, tree owners and farmers.

Thank you!