lnterested in starting a gleaning proiect?
There is a lot of produce in our area that goes unpicked. There is interest in beginning a gleaning project in Strathcona County that would work with the Food Bank, shelters, faith groups, community organizations to ensure that the wonderful produce grown in Strathcona County can all be used up. There are a number of Health Department inspected kitchens in Strathcona County and people with expertise that could help with this project. There are also community garden projects that are already giving away their surplus, used by the Food Bank, community meals or making into jams, pickles, pies etc. for sale or to give away to community feeding programs. Edmonton has a very active group http://www.fruitsofsherbrooke.com that harvest products and make delicious jams which they sell at local farmers markets with the profits going to community projects.
I ended up picking apples from my neighbours trees and making applesauce in the last two years. It would be great if this year the surplus apples, rhubarb, berries, zucchinis etc. could be used to support local organizations.
If you are interested in exploring how you might be involved, please contact me at
strathconacountygleaners @ gmail.com