The Gleaning Project
The Alberni Valley Gleaning Project connects tree owners who have unwanted or excess fruit with volunteers who want to harvest and enjoy local fruit. The program was started in 2012 and collects around 11,000 pounds of fruit per year! The Gleaning Project aims to decrease waste and increase distribution of delicious nutritious, and local food.
Harvests are distributed as follows:
1/3 to Property Owner
1/3 to the Volunteer Pickers
1/3 to Local Food Security Programs
This program is a great way to get involved in the community and
we welcome you to come join in next year:
Alberni Valley is fortunate to be abundant in local fruit and the Gleaning Project typically has access to apples, pears, figs, plums, cherries, hazelnuts and a variety of berries. Choose which picks you would like to attend and we will meet you at the location with all of the necessary equipment.
There is a membership fee of $20 for individuals and $30 for households which helps to cover the cost of insurance, equipment, orientation and other program expenses.
Homeowners and their property are respected at all times. Picks are arranged according to all of the participant's availability and fruit ripeness. If you have an over-abundance of any type of fruit or vegetable we encourage you to sign up for these benefits:
Actively decrease food waste in your community
Have fruit removed that would otherwise attract wildlife
Increase access to nutritious food to those in need
Promote local food and community food security
Receive 1/3 of the harvest - or donate it!
We ask that all Property Owners do their best to ensure that The Gleaning project is able to access fruit that can serve the community. Pick locations that are unsafe, unsanitary or have a lack of useable fruit or vegetables may be waitlisted.