The Gleaning Projectis a volunteer powered program of Harvest Pierce County that works to reduce local produce waste, provide more fresh food to those in need, and build community. This project is a response to the dramatic increase in the number of people seeking food assistance in our county. Our Glean Teams harvest from both farms and backyard fruit trees, then share the bounty with local food banks, shelters, and families in need. Volunteers also take a portion home as a thank you for all their hard work!
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- Harvester: Harvesters are volunteers who participate in gleaning events by helping to pick, sort, and weigh produce that is harvested. You do not need to attend a training to become a harvester because a Harvest Leader will train you during the gleaning event.
- Fruit Scout: Fruit Scouts are volunteers who commit to registering new fruit trees for gleaning and checking on registered fruit trees to make sure they are healthy and ripe for picking. This is a great independent volunteer opportunity. Whether you like to walk, bike, or have a car to get around, fruit scouts are an important part to making sure that healthy fruit gets harvested. Fruit Scouts receive training in early summer to learn basic fruit tree care and maintenance. They are also responsible for taste testing the fruit to make sure it’s ready for eating! We ask that Fruit Scouts commit to scouting trees on a consistent day and are ideally able to commit to the entire season. Mileage reimbursement and a $100 stipend are available.
- Harvest Leader: Harvest Leaders are the point person leading volunteers on urban fruit harvests and organizing logistics like food bank drop off and record keeping. Since all volunteers get to take home a portion of the harvest, Harvest Leaders have access to fresh fruit all season long. This is the perfect opportunity for people who like to preserve food and who want to give back to the community. Becoming a Harvest Leader is a way to meet new friends and gain experience leading small groups. All Harvest Leaders receive training from Harvest Pierce County staff in early summer. We ask that Harvest leaders be available on a consistent day and can commit to the entire season. Leaders are also responsible for recording all harvest details and helping orient volunteers on site. Mileage reimbursement and a $100 stipend are available.
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