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 Home/Land Owner

  • 1/3 to the Volunteer Pickers

  • 1/3 to a local charity or organization


This program is a great way to get involved in the community and we welcome you to come join in below:

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Volunteer Pickers

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 $10 for all gleaners which helps to cover the cost of insurance, equipment, orientation and other program expenses.

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Home/Land Owners

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 are a non-profit organization that is part of the Alberni Valley Transition Town Society. We depend on donation, community funding and many hours of volunteer work. There is a $20 annual fee for homeowners to have their fruit picked for them.

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Learn More About Gleaning

Get to know the Gleaning Project even more!

Click the links below to read our orientation document, visit the Gleaning Facebook or email our Gleaning Coordinator...

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