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Community Harvest Program back for second season

Residents with fruit trees in their backyards and hobby farms will be happy to hear of a returning program in Surrey and White Rock. Sources Food Hub is back for a second year with the Community Harvest program, also known as Gleaning.

Gleaning is the harvesting of unwanted or leftover crops for charitable use. In urban areas, it often includes harvesting fruits from residential properties, such as cherries, plums, apples or pears.

When a request is received, staff arrange a date with the tree owner and then organize a team of vetted volunteers. Trained and covered by the charity’s liability insurance, the volunteers bring all the necessary equipment to the residence and harvest the produce.

While on your property, SOURCES will take measures to protect your health and that of our volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis. We will limit group sizes to a maximum of five (less depending on the size of property); sanitize all equipment before and after each harvest; provide PPE to all volunteers; and conduct a safety briefing prior to each harvest.

Harvested produce is shared in thirds between the tree owner, the team of volunteers, and the Sources Food Banks or other local charity with a need.


Be part of the action!

SOURCES requests that tree owners contact us well in advance of their fruit coming ripe, as it takes about a week to organize a harvest.

Both tree owners and interested volunteers can register online by clicking on “Community Harvest Program” at https://www.sourcesbc.ca/our-services/food-hub/.

 

For more information, please contact our Food Hub team at foodhub@sourcesbc.ca or 604-596-0973.