Gleaning season is upon us. With the success of last year’s event the need for this year is even greater. Please considering volunteering at the most convenient site based on your location. The information below is directly related to the site I am coordinating.
Read this carefully, even if you have been gleaning before:
- Attached is the liability waiver form that should be filled out, signed and brought to the gleaning event by everyone who is volunteering.
- Attached is the official flyer for the event.
- WEAR: Close-toed shoes (required) and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It is also recommeded to bring a hat and gloves as needed. I would argue gloves are a necessity as you may be dealing with trees containing thorns (Myers Lemons) or can be scratched up by tree branches in general.
- BRING: Plenty of water and liability waiver forms as well as any medication you may need, sun screen, bug spray and snacks as needed. If you have a bucket or a cloth grocery bag to pick fruit into and a citrus picker, please bring that too!
- If you are lost or running late please call me. I will be supplying maps and contact information for your target homes to facilitate ease of access.
NOTE: Bathroom access may be limited, please use the restroom before you arrive. Last year access was given to the church, however bathroom access while gleaning should not be expected.
- Volunteers meet at Host site; collect tools, bins, maps
- Volunteer teams- 3-4 people per tree, 10 trees in 3-4 hours
- 200-250 lbs = 1-2 trees
- These numbers are not absolute and I will work to facilitate groups/families are allocated to common sites.
- Call ahead to each donor location to let them know you’re coming / gate access. Ring doorbell upon arrival.
- Donors have been contacted and confirmed prior to scheduling.
- Donors have been notified of the date and time frame of gleaning.
- Please no horseplay; these are people’s homes. BE RESPECTFUL.
- Only go into areas assigned and stay in groups that will be assigned on site.
- Do not bring any pets, no exceptions.
- Pickers go out to the homes and collect the fruit. Pickers with pickup trucks are especially valuable. Vans and SUVs are useful as well; the trunks of standard cars fill up too fast. Home recycling bins work wonderfully; they are the right size and very sturdy.