Upcoming Elgin Gleaners events for our 2019 Season
In addition to our picks that will come up throughout the season the following are important dates for you to remember.
Volunteer Orientation Night (Mandatory) – Thursday, June 20th at 6-8pm (Held at YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin 16 Mary Street West, St.Thomas)
This evening is for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer gleaner for this season’s picks or for volunteers interested in sharing their product from their home or farm. **Must be 18 years or older to register as a volunteer** Orientation will include review of how the program works, registration/waivers to be filled out and a meet and greet of our committee members. Volunteer packages will be provided so you do not have to print the materials at the links above, unless you wish to.
On the Farm Training with Mary Anne (Mandatory) – Tuesday July 2 starting at 6pm (Held at Great Lakes Farms 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley)
This evening is mandatory to ensure that all volunteer pickers are trained on safety, maintenance, trimming & will also include our 1st pick of strawberries fresh from the farm. Light refreshments and treats included.
On the Farm Training continues with Mary Anne (optional) – Tuesday August 27 starting at 6pm (Held at Great Lakes Farms 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley)
With harvest season approaching we will travel back to the farm for training on harvesting, fall maintenance and trimming as well as enjoy an apple pick. Light refreshments and treats included.
Gleaners Pot Luck – Wednesday Nov 13 @ 4:30pm (Held at YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin)
This is an opportunity for all volunteers to celebrate our season by coming together for a pot luck dinner where each member will contribute a dish for everyone to enjoy. Dishes will be based on the fruits and vegetables gleaned throughout the season. Please advise in advance if you have any allergies that we should be aware of.
What is Elgin Gleaners?
Elgin Gleaners is a program run through YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin in partnership with Southwestern Public Health during the months of June through November focused on promoting and facilitating the sharing of food resources in our community by joining volunteer gleaners (pickers) with volunteer homeowners or farms to harvest fruits and vegetables.
How it works
Training is provided at our Orientation Night at the start of our picking season as well as several visits to a local farm for hands-on safety training and picking tips. Pick days are pre-scheduled through our Program Coordinator and volunteers are contacted to see if they are available throughout the summer and early fall for the set pick dates. You may volunteer for as many or as few as you are available for. Fruit picked is then shared equally between homeowners, volunteers and community food programs.