The GleanSLO Volunteer Appreciation event was held on Sunday, March 30th, at SLO Creek Farms! It was a magnificent day, and the entire apple orchard was in bloom! A wonderful late lunch of locally sourced food, lovingly prepared and donated to GLeanSLO by Centrally Grown in Cambria, was served. Live music from an awesome new band, Proxima Parada, enticed kids and families out onto the lawn to dance. Spring bouquets were everywhere! The sun shone, and the community that has risen around GleanSLO celebrated each other. It was a beautiful day. More photos can be found on our Flickr page.
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.
Evan Jenkins, GleanSLO ambassador for student led fruit drives
Evan Jenkins, 6th grader at Teach Elementary, distributed paper bags with flyers announcing his Fruit Drive last month. Evan is collaborating with GleanSLO for the second year in a row to fulfill his Community Action Project. “We were thrilled to see so many bags on porches! Evan knocked on the door of those who had bags on their porches, introduced himself and thanked them. Often people wanted to shake his hand and thank HIM! It was such a gratifying experience,” said Evan’s mom, Denise. “We met a gentleman who wrote a letter and invited us in. I’m including his wonderful letter. One woman had spotted us, ran out of her house and down the street after us! She wanted to write a check to the Food Bank.”
Evan collected 124 pounds of citrus and some apples. One person wanted a sign for their yard: “My Garden Feeds Hungry Families.” He collected $70 for GleanSLO/FoodBank.
Evan’s collected fruit was distributed to the Salvation Army where it was gratefully enjoyed by local neighbors in need.
A letter from Evan’s neighbor. Feeling grateful to be a part of this community – for the volunteers, youth and seniors that are committed to giving back and strengthening the bonds that keep us strong as a community. And feeling grateful for the gift of food that keeps bringing us together and feeding our hungry neighbors!
Over the past couple months the SLO County Food Bank and GleanSLO have been collaborating with the UC Cooperative Extension to offer Canning Workshops throughout SLO County! We’ve begun our first round of workshops with a demonstration on how to make and preserve applesauce. What a great way to celebrate fall! GleanSLO has already donated a variety of gleaned apples, which were made into tasty applesauce for attendees to sample at the past two workshops in San Luis Obispo and Oceano. If you were unable to make it to the first two, don’t worry! There’s still one more opportunity to participate in the next Applesauce Canning Workshop in Nipomo on November 13th from 1-3 pm at the Nipomo Senior Center! Please contact Christine Nelson at the UCCE, (805) 781-5944 or email@example.com, to register for the $10 class. Supplies and materials provided; vouchers are available for Food Bank recipients.
Attendees at the Oceano Canning Workshop hosted on October 9th, 2013 at the Oceano Community Center.
Old fashion apple cider press at the 2012 Harvest Festival!
SLO Creek Farms will be hosting their annual Apple Harvest Festival Saturday, October 2, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm! Join us at SLO Creek Farms U-Pick Garden Area, 6455 Monte Rd San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, for live music, apple pie contest, tractor rides, games and FREE cider, freshly pressed right before your eyes! Bring your own empty 1/2 gallon jug and help pick some apples off the trees for the cider press. All proceeds donated will benefit GleanSLO!
Check out the itinerary and website for more details about the day!
SLO Creek Farms~ Apple Harvest Festival 2013
12:00pm: Turn in all Baked Pies for contest at 3:00pm at Pie Table
1:30pm: Hoop Contest
2:30pm: Apple Eating Contest
3:15pm: Apple Pie Judging
3:00pm: Apple Seed Spitting Contest
3:30pm: Balance an apple on your head/Hooping Contest
1:00pm-4:00pmTractor Hayrides-Free, Go to Community Garden
1:00pm-4:00pm Sumo Wrestling-Free
1:00pm-4:00pm Face Painting- $ Pay at Face Painting Booth
1:00pm-4:00pm Live Music by The Beardneck Boys
*Purchase Food, Raffle Tickets at the U-Pick Garden Stand
This concert will benefit GleanSLO. Please join us!!!
BLISS Cafe will be serving up a vegetarian meal by donation, starting at 6 pm. Please plan to come early and enjoy the full experience of kirtan including all of your senses, taste, smell, sight and sounds!
Thursday, September 12th
music from 7:00-9:00 pm
Please purchase advance tickets through the co-sponsors if you know them, or through this link Tickets are $20 presale, $25 at the door
We hope to see you. A big thanks to Sukha Wellness Center for this opportunity. GleanSLO is arranging a private apple glean in See Canyon on Tuesday, September 17th from 9:15-11:15 am for those attending the event. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about this glean!
We are so touched when people thank us for the work we are doing at GleanSLO. One student from a local elementary school sent this collage along with a thank you note. This was such a creative way to thank us and we just had to share it with our community!
This student not only shared with his school community the work of GleanSLO, but he encouraged families to attend a fundraiser that we were co-sponsoring. He also asked for food donations, and cash donations. Each person we work with helps spread the word in their own way about our work, and the need to help feed people in our community. We are so grateful for this student, and everyone who has volunteered with GleanSLO!
GleanSLO Program Manager, Carolyn Eicher
GleanSLO Program Coordinators Jeanine and Carolyn are pictured here with the group of attendees from last weekend’s state-wide gleaning/harvesting conference sponsored by Village Harvest in San Jose. There were over 50 participants representing 25 different gleaning organizations.
Salem Harvest board member, Dick Yates, who built and designed GleanSLO’s website and online registration system, flew down to attend this conference. Carolyn and Jeanine were able to meet him and thank him in person for all the time he devoted to GleanSLO over many, many months!! GleanSLO would not have been able to grow at this rate without his dedication, knowledge, and patience!
It was an amazing experience to be around so many people with similar interests, challenges, and passion, and to continue developing a gleaning network.