Below is an email from the MN Project, where I signed up to help with volunteer fruit gleaning around the cities. Volunteers help pick fruit from unharvested trees (whose owners have offered up the fruits) and the fruit gets donated to local food shelves, while the volunteers get to keep some. It turns out that I'm not really sure how much I'll be able to volunteer with this, just because of my busy schedule, but I'm hoping to make it to at least one picking event this year.
There was a project like this when I lived in Berkeley and I always thought it was such a wonderful idea. I'm so happy to see it happening here too! Anyways, there is a picking event at an orchard this Saturday (which I can't make it to). I'm pretty sure they'd welcome any volunteers- but maybe email them if you're interested in attending.
I want to alert you to a terrific fruit-picking opportunity next weekend. On Saturday, August 29, The Minnesota Project is teaming up with Second Harvest Heartland to harvest the fruit from a 400-tree apple orchard one hour north of the Twin Cities. It’s not exactly backyard gleaning, but when the orchard owner called us and offered to donate all of his fruit – at approximately 100 pounds per tree, we could harvest up to 40,000 pounds of apples in a single day for distribution to food shelves across the metro area – we knew we couldn’t turn him down.
We visited the orchard yesterday, and the apples were red, beautiful, and plentiful, not to mention delicious. We hope you’ll join us in what will surely be our biggest gleaning event of the season. Bring your family – it’ll be a lot of fun!
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: Rush City, MN, about an hour north of Minneapolis-St. Paul and only a few miles off I-35
Second Harvest Heartland will be providing volunteers with a free lunch, so we would appreciate it if you could RSVP to let us know how many people to expect.
If you can’t make the Saturday event, we are also planning to hold a normal backyard gleaning day on Sunday, August 30. Many trees on our list are getting ready to be picked, especially in the western suburbs. Let us know if you think you could make it then.
Local Foods Intern, The Minnesota Project
1885 University Ave W, Suite 315; St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 789-3320 http://www.mnproject.org