How do we get gleans?
We are either phoned or emailed by people who have produce to glean. We do not solicit local area stores for produce or goods- we don’t do anything that would interrupt service to Food for Lane County (FFLC). We are strictly a gleaning-only group. This means we rely heavily on word-of-mouth. If you know of someone who has a tree in their yard or produce that needs picked, contact us here!
What do we glean?
Anything. In the past we have gleaned: plums, apples, figs, pears, asian pears, nuts, berries, lettuce, chard, carrots, tomatoes, the list goes on and on! We have also gleaned chickens, however, and are open to other gleaning opportunities to help reduce waste and connect gleaning volunteers with local food resources.
There are different types of glean splits:
Some landowners want half of the fruit we pick. Some want a tax receipt, so we give half of the pick to Food for Lane County (FFLC) in order to get the landowner a tax receipt for the donation. Some landowners don’t care for either, so we keep everything that we pick. Our group does not have non-profit status yet, so we cannot provide our own tax receipts for donations. We are not yet incorporated, so we are just a club organized by a handful of volunteers who do their best to connect volunteers with local food resources and reduce waste.
Individual split pretty much means after splitting with the landowner or Food for Lane County‘s share, it’s everyone for themselves. You keep your half of what you pick.
A group split means everyone throws what they are able to gather into the communal pot. These splits are more common. This way, someone who has the means to bring a ladder doesn’t take home more than the person carrying buckets, or the person who can’t reach and so gathers windfalls. Everyone who shows up takes home something.
No loading before split at a group-split. All harvested produce is kept together until the end of the glean and split before departure. Everyone will stay until all gleaners are loaded, assisting where needed and available. Organizer will be responsible for arranging produce pickup for those who depart early and will determine fair amount of share.