SLO High School
Students collected over 700 pounds of fruit at their first Fruit Drive hosted by the FFA on May 20th!! Special thanks to Caitlin Stanton, Community Service Chair of SLO FFA, and the many SLO High students and families that worked hard to collect produce from their neighborhoods to donate to the Food Bank!
SLO High students collect neighborhood fruit!
Students in the Club Star program at Sinsheimer Elementary collected nearly 100 pounds of fruit from neighbors trees on May 14th! The students made their own flyers which they distributed, along with bags to neighbors who have fruit trees. Check out their big haul!
Bellevue-Sante Fe Charter School
The Bellevue students collected 172 pounds of delicious produce which included kale, potatoes, lemons, oranges and grapefruits! This locally grown food will be distributed to a handful of the the 44,000 neighbors in need in our county. Thanks to the students of Bellevue for being a part of GleanSLO’s efforts to rescue nature’s bounty for the benefit of our community.
Special thanks to all of the school administration, teachers and staff who helped inspire the students and remind parents about the Fruit Drives! Bravo!
The first case of Asian Citrus Psyllid has been found in Arroyo Grande. The County Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine with a 5 mile radius around the home with the discovered pest. (84 square miles!)
How will this affect our gleaning activities?
The pest is found on the leaves and stems of the trees, not the fruit. So we will still be able to harvest in the quarantined area, but absolutely no green matter can leave the harvest site… Short stems, no leaves, no branches. All pruners will be washed in a bleach solution after harvesting. More info can be found here.
Thanks for helping us be cautious with this problem. The Asian Citrus Psyllid can carry a disease called Huanglongbing (HLB) that will kill citrus trees. There is no known cure for HLB, the health of the tree will continue to decline until it dies. Currently, in SLO County, the Asian Citrus Psyllid pest (which carries HLB) has been found in the area, but not the HLB disease. Let’s help keep it that way!
Fruit Drive – ONE City – ONE Day
GleanSLO is holding its second annual city-wide Fruit Drive in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 8th. For this one day event, we have an army of volunteers poised to capture all the excess citrus that’s falling from neighborhood trees across the city of San Luis Obispo. With your help spreading the word, the SLO Fruit Drive will raise awareness for the work of GleanSLO and our efforts to harvest produce that would otherwise go to waste and donate to our neighbors in need.
Want to help?
Talk to your neighbors with fruit on their trees! Ask if they are interested in donating their excess to a hungry, grateful home. Here’s how to donate:
1. Drop off picked fruit at our donation site March 8th from 9am-1pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship parking lot: 2201 Lawton Ave. SLO, across from Meadow Park.
2. Arrange for GleanSLO volunteers to pick up or harvest your excess fruit at your home by registering your home on GleanSLO’s website.
For more information, contact Jeanine Lacore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 235-1180.
On April 12th, 2013, a sunny Friday afternoon in Arroyo Grande, 8 volunteer gleaners and one GleanSLO coordinator gathered together to pick a variety of citrus fruit from 5 homes in the neighborhoods surrounding Heritage Square Park. Together with the partnership of the homeowners and volunteers, we provided 938 pounds of oranges, lemons and grapefruits to the Food Bank.
Our first Neighborhood Citrus Collection of 2013 was held in San Luis Obispo on March 2nd. This second Neighborhood Collection was initiated and organized by volunteer and Arroyo Grande resident, Vince Petrie, who read about GleanSLO and wanted to involve his neighbors in our efforts to provide fresh, local produce to those in need. In total, Vince has referred over 10 homes and properties with fruit trees to GleanSLO.
Thanks to the team of Chuck Asmus and Vince Petrie who have lead these smaller, neighborhood gleans. They have made a huge contribution to GleanSLO as they are now organizing and managing harvests on their own as Volunteer Leaders!
Thank you to the volunteers and homeowners who worked together on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 to make our first Neighborhood Citrus Collection Day a great success! We collected 1,463 pounds of beautiful citrus!
We will be posting and sharing photos from all our harvests and events to our Flickr page which can be found be going to our Home Page and then clicking on “Photos and Videos.”
Pictured here is Jeanine Lacore, GleanSLO Coordinator, on the far left, with a group of Cal Poly students from SUSTAIN SLO who are working with us this year, and GleanSLO volunteer Chuck Asmus on the far right. Thanks to everyone who made this day a great success!
Photo: Carolyn Eicher
GleanSLO wants to thank 5th grader Jahan from Bishop’s Peak/Teach Elementary for collecting 302 pounds of fresh citrus from his school community. Jahan’s teacher, Miss Bailey, suggested he work with GleanSLO for his Community Action Project and we want to thank her, too! Over the past few weeks, Jahan sent out fliers to raise awareness about the need for fresh, local produce for The Food Bank, and how each family can help others by sharing their backyard fruit.