Fruit Gleaning in the city

posted Jul 29, 2010, 12:45 PM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Jul 29, 2010, 12:48 PM ]
The Fruits of the City urban fruit gleaning initiative is still seeking volunteer fruit gleaners and tree owners who can help out during the fast-approaching gleaning season, August through late October. Interested in helping bring excess fresh produce to Twin Cities residents in need? Have an apple tree in your backyard that's producing more than you can handle?

Fruits of the City is a program of The Minnesota Project, a nonprofit that champions the sustainable production and equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across Minnesota. Fruits of the City's goal is to capture fresh fruit that would otherwise go to waste. In 2009, we partnered with Second Harvest Heartland and an array of volunteers to glean over 15,000 pounds of fruit. Our goal for this year is to harvest 22,000 pounds of fruit!

How to get involved
We are excited about this potential for growth, but need your help. Fruits of the City is currently looking for:

  • *Volunteers to pick fruit at our gleaning events
  • *Homeowners to donate unwanted fruit on their trees
  • *Drivers to transport fruit from front yards to food shelves
  • *Donors to support our work financially

 Neighborhood gleanings will be held every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00pm and every other Saturday from 9:00-12:00pm, with additional dates and times to be added as the trees ripen. We are also planning to set up an orchard gleaning with Second Harvest Heartland, which you can learn about by joining our mailing list.

To register now as a volunteer gleaner or tree owner, just go to the Volunteer Hub.

Please also consider making a donation by visiting GiveMN.

Thank you,
Amanda Buhman
Fruits of the City

1885 University Ave W Ste 315
St. Paul, MN 55104