Alberni Valley Gleaning Project

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Get your fruit trees picked or your extra garden vegetables harvested and help to distribute healthy food throughout the Alberni Valley.


Feel like getting out in the community and stockpiling your pantry?
Come Volunteer with us!



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Learn more about the Gleaning Project below!

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The Alberni Valley Gleaning Project aims to decrease waste and increase distribution of delicious, nutritious, and local food. Our Valley has a lot of potential for food production, and we need to ensure that all this amazing food gets used.

We are a non-profit organization that is part of the Alberni Valley Transition Town Society. We depend on donations, community funding, and many hours of volunteer work.

The program has collected up to 11,000 pounds of fruit per year! The Alberni Valley Gleaning Project does more than just harvest and share fruit; it also helps to remove bear attractants while fostering community resilience and social well-being. Every year we increase the community’s access to nutritious local food.

How does it work?

The program connects tree owners who have unwanted or excess fruit with volunteers who want to harvest and enjoy local fruit. Harvested fruit is distributed as follows: 1/3 to the homeowner, 1/3 to the volunteers, and 1/3 to a local charity or organization. Extra fruit that is unwanted by the homeowners or volunteers is sold to help fund the project.

Homeowners and their property are respected at all times. Picks are arranged according to homeowners’ and volunteers’ availability. All volunteers attend an orientation session to learn about project operations and equipment safety. Volunteers are free to sign up for as many picks as they would like. Picks are coordinated online through this website. There is a membership fee of $10 for all participants (homeowners and volunteers). This helps to cover the cost of insurance, equipment, orientation, and other project costs.

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