Category Archives: Produce Collection

Can’t BEET the fun at Talley Farms!

The Talley family, owners of Talley Farms, have always been invested in the well-being of our community. Their generosity is truly overwhelming. Over the past month, GleanSLO brought several groups of students and community members out to glean nearly 5,000 pounds of beets! Students from Liberty High School in Paso Robles and Mission College Prep High School in SLO were two of the groups who labored in the fields. And we mean it when we say “labored,” they have the blisters to prove it! GleanSLO is grateful for the many people that came together to make these gleans possible.

Additional thanks to Connie Tran at KSBY for featuring a story about GleanSLO during one of the beet gleans:

Click to watch the GleanSLO beet glean featured on KSBY

Click to watch the GleanSLO beet glean featured on KSBY

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Fruit Drive Model is a HUGE Success!

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! 14247531155_53c5032446_b14224384116_41daa75330_b

SLO High students collect neighborhood fruit!

SLO High students collect neighborhood fruit!

Sinsheimer Elementary

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!

Sinsheimer Elementary students collect neighborhood fruit!

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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.

Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School Fruit Drive 
Special thanks to all of the school administration, teachers and staff who helped inspire the students and remind parents about the Fruit Drives!  Bravo!




Asian Citrus Psyllid found locally

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 Drives – a new kind a food drive with a fruity twist

We have all heard about a Food Drive… but a Fruit Drive? Have you ever heard of such a thing? In our region of such abundance and year round edible landscapes galore, we are making Fruit Drives the new norm. _MG_0003Early this year, a passionate group of parents, GleanSLO volunteers and staff came together to give the Fruit Drive idea legs. We loved the concept of reaching out to students, parents and the larger community to pick ripe produce from neighborhood trees to bring to school, where we can collect it for distribution to hungry families. To ensure the Fruit Drive model would become a sustainable program, the group decided to invest the time into creating something replicable, something that would be easy for any parent, student or teacher to implement in their own school, church or civic group. This talented group of volunteers developed a Fruit Drive Kit that is now being used in schools across San Luis Obispo. Read on to learn more…

Our experience with students has shown that the act of collecting fruit for distribution can be an extremely powerful experience, building empathy and connection between students and families in less fortunate circumstances. In addition, the process of sharing food grown in local areas intensifies neighborhood associations between students, their parents, school faculty and the immediate community.

As part of the program we have provided each school with a ‘Fruit Drive Kit’ that will help the collection run more smoothly. The Fruit Drive Kit contains:

  1. One or more banners reminding students and parents to bring in produce, to be hung during Fruit Week.
  2. Two signs: “Our school feeds hungry families” and stakes to display on school property.Sienna small

    3. Two or more Neighborhood Lawn Signs “My garden feeds hungry families” for students and families to see and use to encourage participation. We will provide lawn signs to every home that donates fruit.

    4. A Reproducible Neighborhood Flyer for students and their parents to distribute to neighbors if needed.

    5. A Reproducible Parent Flyer explaining the Fruit Drive and the collection process.

    Thank you for working with GleanSLO and the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to feed hungry families in your community. 

    For more information or to request a Fruit Drive Kit for your school or group, please email or call 805-835-3750.



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    GleanSLO would like to thank the many talented volunteers who have been a part of the development of this project, and who continue to support its growth: Carolyn, Evan, Jahan, Jeanine, Johanna, Lucy, Mavis, Michelle, Olivia, Sienna, and Stephanie.

    Thanks to the schools who have participated in the Fruit Drive program: Bishop’s Peak/Teach Elementary, Hawthorn, Laguna, Pacheco, Sinscheimer, and SLO High!

    Photo credits: Carolyn Eicher

SLO Fruit Drive – Rescuing Falling Fruit for the Hungry

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 or (805) 235-1180.

Arroyo Grande Neighborhood Produce Collection!

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! Arroyo Grande Neighborhood Glean collage

Citrus Collection Update!!

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!

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Bishop’s Peak/Teach Elementary Citrus Collection

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.

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