Friday July 13, 2012

Community News

The Glean Machine

Food Matters are looking for a few good hands

Released by Peter Whitlock, Food Matters


e are contacted by a home owner or a farmer who either has excess produce to share or is unable to harvest their entire back yard tree(s) or crop.


The home owner/farmer will be be asked questions from the "what to know if you are a fruit tree owner" form below and will set up a date for the glean.

How it works:

1. Our Gleaning Coordinator will send out an email to the mailing list explaining what the glean is for, when it's scheduled, and how many people are needed.

2. People who would like to participant will email back to secure their spot.

3. The organizer will email back the people who get a spot (given to those who register first). They will then be given details about the location, supplies needed and any other important details.

4. The Gleaning Coordinator or a Gleaning Team Leader and volunteers will meet at the scheduled time and location, harvest the produce, and divide it 3 ways between the home owner/farmer, the recipient partner(s) and the remaining third is divided between the gleaners who attend that day.

5. The Gleaning Coordinator, Gleaning Team Leader or volunteer will distribute the third to the recipient organization(s).

Produce that has been gleaned to date:

Apples, Pears, Quince, Apple Pears, Grapes, Squash, Beans, Plums, Corn, Stawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Potatoes, Beets, Green tomatoes

2010 - 21 gleans
4431 lbs harvested which may have otherwise gone to waste
3344 lbs were donated to our recipient partners  

2011 - 30 gleans
6582 lbs harvested which may have otherwise gone to waste
3907 lbs were donated to our recipient partners

These organizations were recipients of gleaned produce to distribute to their clients:

  • Xolhemet Society

  • Creative Centre Societies Cheam View Clubhouse

  • Chilliwack Community Services Downtown Family Place

  • Chilliwack Society for Community Living

  • Communitas: Brain injury Drop In, FASD & Transitional Living Program

  • Anne Davis Transition Society

  • Sardis Doorway


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