ForestR Gleaning

What Is It?

The practice of harvesting excess crops and donating them to low-income individuals, thus providing them access to locally grown foods.

If you would like us to harvest your fruit and deliver it to a food bank, click the button below and tell us about your garden:

Goals

Prevent food waste in Castro Valley, while providing access to fresh fruit to our neighbors in need.

Promote healthy and happy lifestyle, by getting outside and spending time with nature, meeting community members, and participating in a good cause.

Establish a database of 100 donors and 10 reliable volunteers, so that we can harvest 1-2 times per week year-round and donate 8000 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 banks, mostly to the Dig Deep Farm’s Food Hub in San Leandro. Their mission is to provide healthy foods to people in need and they share our belief in ‘Food is Medicine’. Over 400 families drive up to the Hub each Friday to receive free fruit and vegetables. We also donate some harvests to the Community Cupboard on Forest Avenue.

  • Damaged but salvageable fruit is given to several people who are willing to process it immediately.

Food Banks currently receiving our harvests

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

2700 Fairmont Dr., San Leandro, CA

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Community Cupboard

20330 Forest Ave, Castro Valley, CA

More to come soon!

Contact us here, if you have additional questions about ForestR Gleaning.