Once again Feeding NE Florida and the Society of St. Andrew are teaming up to help glean citrus from neighborhoods in Jacksonville, FL. I will be a site coordinator for the third time, and am very grateful for the opportunity to bring together our community with the common goals of eliminating waste and feeding those in need. Please click on the link below for information on this wonderful event.
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.
Tomorrow Change-Can, through Society of St. Andrew, will be participating in the Second Harvest of North Florida city-wide citrus glean. It is a wonderful effort to engage the community to donate their citrus that would otherwise go to waste. Many volunteers have given their time on a Saturday morning harvest the citrus so Second Harvest can distribute it to those in need. I am honored to be the site leader for The Church of Jacksonville location.
- Southside/Beaches– Chets Creek Church, 4420 Hodges Blvd
- Mandarin– Mandarin Presbyterian, 12001 Mandarin Rd
- San Marco/Baymeadows – The Church of Jacksonville, 8313 Baycenter Rd
- Arlington– Arlington UMC, 1400 University Blvd N
- Westside- Potters House Christian, 5119 Normandy Rd
All sites will open their registration for volunteers promptly at 8:00 am. At my site there will be a table set up as my volunteers will need to do the following:
- Fill out a waiver. If a family is participating only one waiver is needed for the primary and all family members can be added to the back of the document.
- Review the rules for approaching residents, picking fruit and gleaning the site.
- Get assigned to one of two groups.
- Get assigned your map of sites which will include name and phone number of the resident. It is recommended you call them prior to arriving.
- Get the appropriate tools. I will have fruit baskets, clippers, hooks and sheets to catch any soft skinned fruit. I will also have hard hats for those gleaning grapefruit trees. You will need to bring your own gloves. I also recommend something long-sleeved as some trees, specifically lemons, are thorny.
- Get cards thanking the residents for their donation, which also doubles as a receipt for tax reporting purposes.
Some of the volunteers will need to remain at our home base to receive the fruit and put it into the bins for transport. I will make every effort to ensure volunteers go out with friends and family but it is important to note that both groups will need experienced gleaners so you allocation will need to be governed by experience.
For more information please visit the Second Harvest of North Florida website. You may contact me directly through Facebook, Twitter or by responding to this post. If you are reading this and have a citrus tree you are more than welcome to bring the fruit to any of the locations between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. Better still if you would like to schedule a glean please contact me and I will visit your residence.
December was a tease but January delivers! New Years Eve found me with a welcomed email from my good friend Sandi Newman, NE Florida Gleaning Coordinator for Society of St. Andrew. Citrus gleaning is occupying the month which means multiple opportunities to help those in need. For students this is a great way to satisfy your volunteer hours and for family/friends a chance to spend quality time together for a worthy cause.
This Saturday (1/5/13) we will be in Satsuma, FL picking grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. For new gleaners this means 1) wear a hard hat and/or be very alert because falling grapefruit is hard on the dome, 2) snippers and blankets will be in order as falling tangerines explode on impact and 3) sampling some of the best citrus you will ever taste.
Satsuma is one hour south of Jacksonville off of US-17. I will have address confirmation later today but as always I can travel with the Tahoe which means I can seat nine. Reach out to me via Twitter (@iambwf) or comment on this post if you would like information on participation. For all “friends” Facebook, call or text me.
The rest of the January calendar is below. My only weekend of no gleaning will be January 12th as Chris Gandy and I will be up in Caesar’s Head, SC.
- Saturday, January 12: Picking citrus fruit in Mandarin/Scott Mill area
- Monday, January 21: Picking citrus in Jacksonville or Green Cove Springs
- Saturday, January 26: City-wide Citrus Drive with Second Harvest North Florida food bank. There will be 5 locations in Jacksonville to drop off citrus or to volunteer to help pick citrus from backyard trees.
There are also gleanings going on Wednesdays in the Arlington/GrovePark areas and on Thursdays in Orange Park/Fleming Island/Middleburg. Please ask! And remember, you can make a direct impact by talking to neighbors who have citrus trees who might not be using all their produce. If you see any homes while traveling which might be gleaning candidates, but you do not want to make contact with them, let me know the address/location and I can stop by to ask if they would be willing to donate their yield.
Gleaning is back with a vengance! Well, for me it is. Unfortunately the opportunities have recently been solely weekday, so when Sandi sent the email asking us to be at the ready for this past Saturday my wife and I blocked out the time. The morning was spent at the KYV farm off of 16A which is near World Golf Village. It was a beautifully crisp Saturday and the first vegetable glean. Our target crop was green beans and while a bit less demanding than picking citrus there was considerable effort needed to maneuver through the bushes so that we did not destroy the entire plan.
Adding to the joy of working the land again was a fact I would learn latter: this land is owned by a friend’s brother! Nice to be part of that circle. Our responsibility was a delivery to Waste Not Want Not and our yield for them was 53 pounds. I have no idea whether that is good or bad harvest but it sure looked like a lot of beans! Here is the email from Sandi letting us know how successful the day was as well as what opportunities are upcoming.
Good morning gleaners! Last Saturday, 14 volunteers enjoyed a breezy morning in the bean field, picking 300 lbs. of tender, delicious green beans. We’re returning to the farm this Wednesday morning at 8:30 to see if we can harvest another few hundred pounds before the plants are pulled and the field put to rest for the summer. It would be great if you could join us for a few hours to see if we can’t “rescue” these beans for the agencies we serve.
I also have the following dates set for gleaning: Saturday, 5/19 and Wednesday, 5/23, potatoes in Hastings; and Saturday, 5/26, cabbage in Wellborn (near Lake City/White Springs).
PLEASE respond to this e-mail if you are available for any of these dates, and I will send directions and details.
The cabbage gleaning is a welcomed opportunity because it means coleslaw! Also, it is near an area to camp and kayak should anyone want to make a day of it. As always, the vehicle has open seats and I would love to spend the day with anyone who can make the time.
I could kick myself really, really hard. Some great notes and pictures sit waiting to reach their full potential while I manage get distracted by irrelevant items. In fairness there are responsibilities that have assumed the minutes of my waking existence so the hair shirt will not be worn for an extended duration. Passing through that garden of jovial self-loathing let us move to your not-so-distant future gleaning dates. Those which I can attend will be marked so please feel free to mark that time on your calendar if the “spirit moves you”.
BIG REMINDER! KEEP APRIL 21st OPEN FOR THE FIRST OFFICIAL CHANGE-CAN LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH C. J. FLUHARTY! PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE SOCIETY OF ST ANDREW!
We have a great many opportunities to harvest citrus and broccoli this month so come out, lend us a hand and enjoy some great company, fresh air & sunshine, fresh fruit and veggies! Oh, and feed a lot of folks nutritious and delicious food while salvaging what would otherwise be wasted–it’s a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN opportunity!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 – 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
We will be gleaning citrus fruit in south Mandarin/Julington Creek/Fruit Cove area at 3-4 homes.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 – 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. THE FIRST VEGETABLE GLEAN! LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS!
We’ll be back in Hastings harvesting broccoli. You’ve heard me talk about how much we enjoy picking broccoli, now come see what all the fuss is about!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 – 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
While there’s still broccoli to be had, we’re coming back for more! We’re out to beat our first-of-the-year gleaning total of 7,400 lbs. that 120 people picked on 2/29. Come help us break our own record!
If you can make it out to one or more of these gleanings, please contact me. Thanks for your support of the Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Network!
This past Saturday down in San Mateo was a wonderful experience. So that I do not spoil the much anticipated post detailing the day that is all you will get on this post. However, I do have more dates for you. I would like to know if anyone could attend one of the mid-week dates.
As always you can contact me for a ride to the site.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Grove Park/Beach & University Blvd. area
Saturday, Feb. 11 – 8:30 a.m.- noon
San Jose Blvd./Beauclerc Rd. area
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
South Jax Beach/Ponte Vedra Beach
Saturday, Feb. 18 – 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
East Palatka area
**I need experienced gleaners to help with a group gleaning, demonstrating
tools and helping to bag fruit and keep count of bags
***I also could use folks to transport fruit–if you have a van or pickup truck and
could deliver some of the fruit please respond to this e-mail.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dr. Ira’s home – west Jacksonville, Ortega
We’ll visit 3-4 homes in this area to glean oranges and grapefruit.