Welcome to Reno Gleaning Project

Who we are...

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Our Seasons

We are a small group of working people trying to reduce fruit loss in the Truckee Meadows. The Reno Gleaning Project has two seasons. We have our partner development season which begins on January 15th  and ends on June 15th.  During this time, we interview and recruit pickers and assess donation opportunities out of the many organizations and entities that feed people in our area.  


Then we have our harvest season. Harvest begins with first fruit, usually cherries and apricots in July or August and goes to November 15 when consecutive freezes and daylight savings time shuts us down. 


If you visit the site in either season you will notice our contact button changes between Volunteer Today and Request Service. This allows us to stay focused on the work of our season and better serve the community at large.

Partnering

There are several ways to partner with the RGP to distribute the amazing fruit that grows in the Truckee Meadows. 


We  have  4 Volunteer  Orientations  coming  up!

Please  come and  hear  what  we do  and  how  we  do  it . 


If  you like  Fresh Air  and  Fresh fruit,  The  Reno  Gleaning Project  might  be  right  for  you!


Saturday  5/18  and Tuesday  5/21

830am  to  10am

Whole  Foods  Market 

Tap  Room

6139   South  Virginia  St

Reno, NV  89502


Monday  5/20  and  Wednesday  5/29

630pm-8pm

Liberty  Food  and  Wine  Exchange

100  N  Sierra  St  

Reno,  NV  89501


We are looking  forward  to  meeting  you  and  hope  you  decide  to join  us, in  the  way  that  best  suits  you,  to  save  as  much  fruit  as  possible  in  our  beautiful  Community.  



Opportunities are structured below based on the amount of time you have to offer.



Growing:

1-3 hours per year


Growers are the foundation of our project and we are so grateful for your tree stewardship. If you have a tree, there are a few key things that will improve the production of your tree for your consumption and for your donation.  Beginning in 2019 fruit will be picked on a best in, first out based. That means we will need to check quality before assigning a picker. 


To increase your chances of producing donatable fruit you can check out the I HAVE A FRUIT TREE tab at the top of this page  for tips on improving your harvest.  Good growing my friends🙏🏼




Picking:

3 to 30 hours per year


We commit a minimum of 4  hours of service to each property owner who invites us to harvest their ripe edible fruit. As a picker, you are given the request for service. You then contact the grower and arrange a pick.  You need reliable transportation, sturdy bags for collecting fruit, an extension pole picker.  Ladders are only used if provided by the homeowner.


 A list of non-profit organizations that  feed people is provided and you can choose where you want to donate.  We encourage pickers to identify new donation opportunities and we are willing to support any organization in town that feeds people.  



Surveyor:

30-50 Hours per year


This position  is best suited for people with a flexible or mobile work schedule who drive around town for their work like outside sales people and realtors. People who want to participate but are not physically capable of picking may also find this job fun. 



Do you have a non-profit that feeds people?

Tell us about your organization so we can bring you some fruit as a donation outlet! 

Financial Support for Our Work

We are most interested in donations of time and talent but we realize many people because of work and family obligations can’t give that. If you still want to support our work, financial support is most appreciated. Generous donations have been instrumental in making this organization a registered 501c3 non-profit our EIN# is 82-2650231. 


We accept checks made out to: 

Reno Gleaning Project  


Please mail to:

7264 Glenmore Ct 

Reno, NV 89523.  


All donations go to support fruit collection and distribution efforts, fees for our website and forms. 


There are no paid positions at the project and our picking is always free. 


About Us

We pick excess ripe, edible fruit not used by its grower

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Tree caretakers are welcomed to contact us at the first sign of ripeness. 

 We will arrange to collect fruit on a first call first served basis. Don’t wait too long. 

Fruit that is firm is best for donation!

We donate to Local non profits that feed the community

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A large tree can produce 200-1500 lbs of beautiful fruit.  We need help to distribute before it spoils. We are so grateful to support the work of Boys and Girls Club, the Eddy House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bristlecone, Hands of Hope Food Bank, Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, Saint Vincents, Reno Sparks Gospel Mission, Community Health Alliance and many more. 

You can help!

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Grow for us! 

Water, prune and clean under your tree.  If you really want to get fancy you can fertilize and thin your fruit. TMWA has resources to help you care for your tree! 

Is your fruit almost ready to eat? Request a glean!  Click our request service button and fill out the form. I will receive your request and assign the next available picker. 

Volunteer your time and talent