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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!

Related Groups:

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 T. Abe Lloyd on May 5, 2012 at 11:31pm

Great! Sounds like there is some interest in this.  I propose that on Monday we meet at 5:00 pm at the Bloedel Donovan Parking Lot, head up to Squalicum Mountain (via Academy) with bags, gloves, etc. and pick a bunch of nettles.  We can figure out where and when to make the pesto at that point.  Given the higher elevation of the patch, I think they are still good for picking (they were last week).

Comment by Megan A. Barnes on May 5, 2012 at 10:34am
Sounds fun. I'd live to try and come, if my schedule allows. I dont have much to offer(I'm new to all this)...other than energy. I can bring something?
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on May 5, 2012 at 9:25am

Abe,  I would love to do this....hopefully this patch is not close to flowering, then we would need to move up into the mountains or somewhere where they are less mature...I'm in!  I can bring all my own jars as well!  :)  756-9919  I'm free Monday!

Comment by Jean Kroll on May 4, 2012 at 7:11pm

That sounds like a fun idea!  And now is the time to grab those nettles, as they will flower soon. 

Comment by T. Abe Lloyd on May 4, 2012 at 1:46pm

There hasn't been much discussion for a while, but I am keen to glean.  I was thinking it would be fun to organize a nettle pesto party where we make and can or freeze a bunch of nettle pesto.  Anyone interested?  I know a spot with acres of nettles...

Comment by Christie Cassel on October 15, 2011 at 11:17am
Hmmmm . . . .  I can't figure how to do that now. But I remember last year I made a few of the first people that joined the group an admin, just like on facebook, how an admin and edit members to add more admins. Does anyone know how to do that?
Comment by Christie Cassel on October 15, 2011 at 11:11am

Hey Gleaners! Sorry I've pretty much dropped the ball this year. Would anyone else like to organize an apple glean?


 I need to step out of an administrative role, so what I'm going to do is make every member an administrator and see what happens!

Very Communal, eh?

Comment by Jean Kroll on November 12, 2010 at 7:09pm
As a Board member for The Center for Local Self-Reliance, I say -- we would welcome your support in raising funds to remodel the house! The sooner we raise the needed funds, the sooner we can be open for cooking and preserving workshops, plus seed-saving, wild-crafting and so much more! If interested, please contact Steve at
Comment by Christie Cassel on November 11, 2010 at 12:05am
No time for planning, being a busy student, but will attend the summit if I am able. Thank you for planning! I hope The Caretakers House ends up geting their commercial kitchen. Maybe the most important thing we could do as a community for food security currently is help raise funds for the center for local self reliance?
Comment by Kate Clark on November 10, 2010 at 7:59pm
Delete Comment Hey food security people, I have held off as a lot of you were busy with planting and then harvest...I assume things may have slowed a bit by now. I would like to start planning a Whatcom Food Security Summit for January or February. My goals at least, would be to get these food security efforts, groups, organizations, etc. together to assess the current situation, and see where there needs to be more support and where there may be complete gaps. Any of you interested in being on a planning team for this?

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