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Bellingham Gleaning Network


Bellingham Gleaning Network

End of season harvest projects -espeically summer fruit - Gathering the troops and supplies and venturing into the land of falling fruit to collect and process for preservation and storage as well as a crisp or two for the evening's celebrations!

Location: Bellingham
Members: 50
Latest Activity: Jan 29, 2023


The vision for this group is to be in the flow of the season, anticipating the appropriate gleaning time for the various fruits of this abundant Bellingham, in order to be ready to take advantage of what nature provides freely. These projects could easily evolve into a community cottage industry based on integrity and barter, where tedious work is made efficient and social by working together as a community. Not everyone needs to own a cider press, or all the canning equipment necessary to make jam, so we will utilize Share to Build, Craigslist, and connections on the grape vine to coordinate fruit trees, supplies, and people to make it happen this season. There will also likely be a end-of-the-year harvest bartering festival early in October to celebrate and exchange the goods.

Please read my blog post, which may give you an idea of my inspiration and passion for starting this group.
I also ran across this blog, that I really resonated with. Enjoy!

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Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats:

Center for Local Self Reliance

Small Scale Food & Gardening

Discussion Forum

Gleaning Season 2011

Started by Christie Cassel. Last reply by Kate Clark Mar 30, 2011. 2 Replies

The fist signs of Spring our showing up in our area.  Exciting!It's a good time to re-group and sets goals and intensions for this up-coming gleaning season. So, I'd like to hear from all of you -…Continue

Gleaning Flier Revised

Started by Christie Cassel Jun 4, 2010. 0 Replies

I attached a pdf file of the revised formatted version for you to print and spread around, here's the text:You take the best, and we’ll take the rest!The Bellingham Gleaning Network is a project…Continue

The First Steps

Started by Christie Cassel Apr 28, 2010. 0 Replies

The first step to focus on currently, is to compile a calendar of what plants are in season when, so we can plan our gleaning one fruit at a time.  This is what I have so far, but my memory of last…Continue

Tags: urban, gleaning, fruits, calendar, seasonal

Comment Wall


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Comment by Christie Cassel on September 7, 2010 at 1:09pm
Comment by Jean Kroll on August 2, 2010 at 9:04am
How about Tuesday the 17th after 1:00 pm?
I am new to gleaning: does anyone know which farms are taking gleaners? Do we have to call them in advance? Are Sundays open for gleaning? How long will this gleaning season last for which fruits? Etc., etc!
Comment by Jeffrey Westcott on July 30, 2010 at 5:47pm
I have a little pick-up that doesn't get used too much. This would be as good of a reason as any to use it. Let me know. The whole weekend of 14th is bad for me though.
Comment by Christie Cassel on July 30, 2010 at 2:00pm
Unfortunately, I am unavailable on the 8th, but feel free to do something without me... I am available every Sunday after that indefinitely... all the way through apples. There will also be a solar food dehydrating workshop with Solar Washington at the Res-Store mid-August - super excited about that! More details soon.
Comment by Jean Kroll on July 30, 2010 at 1:33pm
How about next Sunday, August 8? Don't know where to go -- hoping someone else can take the lead on that. I'm just offering a ride, some buckets, some sunscreen -- and maybe a dip in the lake afterwards if it is a really hot day! (BTW - I have to be back at 6:00 pm on Sundays due to work).
Comment by Christie Cassel on July 30, 2010 at 1:07pm
Jean, awesome! I have a car and access to a truck, and today I am fixing my bike trailer ;) Would you like to co-organize a glean? I just made you a group administrator, in case you want to create a group event, etc. Let's keep in touch. Weekends are really good for me, but Saturdays are usually so full with other summer fun... I was thinking about making Sundays gleaning days (in general) what do you (and everyone else) think? Gleaning season is here =)
Comment by Christie Cassel on July 30, 2010 at 12:56pm
Anita, The Food Bank Farm is the first organization that comes to mind. I'm pretty sure that they have non-profit status, but not 100% Here's a start.
Good luck and Thank You!
Comment by Jean Kroll on July 30, 2010 at 8:17am
I have a fuel-efficient passenger car if someone has a truck. I can carry up to 3 passengers (as long as they're not really tall!) and the truck can carry the buckets of gleaning treasure. Weekends and Tues afternoons work for me!
Comment by Anita Hanks on July 29, 2010 at 10:41pm
Hello everyone. I have a friend who works with Haggen in the plant department. Haggen has 30 3-gal tomatoe and corn starts to donate to a non-profit preferably tomorrow. Do you know of a non-profit who can take these and plant them? Please call me or email. 510-4739.
Comment by Christie Cassel on July 29, 2010 at 11:58am
Plums, blueberries, blackberries, tiz the season! What is everyone up to?
I'm done with school for the summer and have energy to focus on gleaning ;o) Let's do something! Cheers! xoxo

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