We thank you for your interest in all the amazing things that gleaning brings to our community.

We are excited to step into 2024 as a part of the local food justice eco-system and we would love you to join us!

ForestR Gleaning

What Is It?

Gleaning is the practice of harvesting excess crops and donating them to food resource partners all throughout our community.

If you would like us to harvest your fruit at no cost to you and deliver it to a food bank, click the button below and tell us about your garden:


3,067 + lbs in 2024!

45,372 + POUNDS TOTAL!

2.65 tons of CO2eq - 365,789 gallons of H2O - 37,810 meals recovered

Know Someone With a Tree?

Download this PDF file, print or share this flier with them and maybe their bounty can be part of the communities bounty.

We harvest trees from public and private lands. With permission, of course. So, we are always looking for new trees and welcome all introductions.



Establish a database of at least 250 fruit tree owners willing to donate extra fruit, train 6 gleaning leads, and increase the number of gleaning volunteers to 100, so that we can harvest 2-3 times per week year-round and donate at least 15,000 lbs of fruit per year.

How does it work?

  • We find people in Castro Valley and vicinity who are willing to donate their overabundance of fruit (and some veggies).

  • We arrange a time that works for both parties and harvest as much as the fruit donors want us to. Sometimes the tree owners prefer to harvest their fruit themselves and we simply pick up and deliver to a food bank, or connect them directly with the food bank.

  • When we harvest, we respect the owners and their property. Our motto is to leave the place better than we found it.

  • We sort the fruit based on quality. Intact fruit is donated to local food pantries and shelters. Some fruit is taken directly to our homeless friends who help us clean the land. Damaged but salvageable fruit is given to several people who are willing to process it immediately and often share the products they make with members of their communities, thus spreading the love in addition to further reducing food waste.

Food Banks currently receiving our harvests

Faith Lutheran Church

20080 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley, CA

The Dig Deep Farms’ Food Hub (a.k.a. The Farm-acy)

2700 Fairmont Dr., San Leandro, CA

ForestR’s Everyone Direct

Direct delivery to local homeless friends who clean the land with us.