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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 Heather K on April 29, 2010 at 2:00pm
Before the Harvest there can be Edible Tree & Shrub Plantings!
Also, building solar food dryers would be a great project that someone could initiate.
(We love our organic dried pears & fruit and they are great for traveling & store light-weight in the pocket).

Re meeting Tues May 11th - I won't be able to attend this time, as the Larry Korn, the editor of classic book- The One Straw Revolution, on natural farming, will be in town from May 10-12...I hope you'll all check out the two events under the Events tab, plus there are plans evolving for a May 12 'Community Open House at Forest Garden"...around noon...
Comment by Christie Cassel on April 29, 2010 at 1:33pm
Yay! I'm so excited that other people are excited about this! I was thinking of having our first meeting on Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. at The Public Market. Would that work for everyone? If not, please let me know. My schedule is fairly flexible these days... Thanks!
Comment by Jeffrey Westcott on April 28, 2010 at 11:41pm
Yummy. I have two cherry trees in my back yard. Maye we can get to the cherries this year before the starlings.
Comment by Hanna Winter on April 28, 2010 at 5:17pm
Awesome idea Christie! I was involved with the Community Fruit Tree Harvest when I was living in Seattle, and it was a blast! We donated most of the harvest to local food banks, which often don't have a lot of fresh fruit. But it would be great to learn and teach how to preserve fruits to enjoy all year round! Sign me up and let me know how I can help!
Comment by Heather K on April 28, 2010 at 2:30pm
Hi Christie & friends! Looks great! Thanks for the invite!
May we Harvest! the earth's abundance & share our resources & gifts!
Comment by Eric Jensen on April 28, 2010 at 2:01pm
Way cool, count me in!
Comment by Christie Cassel on April 28, 2010 at 1:32pm
Mmmm cherries! I changed the picture to Italian plums because they look riper and more like gleaning straight from the tree! ; )

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