Peterborough Gleans

Site: Mobile Service

Record #: PET0145
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023
Last Full Update: 01 Mar 2021


Description (Service) Organizes free trips for low income people to pick farm produce that is offered by participating farmers/growers.
  • Farmers/growers donate their extra produce that would otherwise go unused
  • Registered participants ride a school bus from one of over 20 pick-up locations to a local farm and pick seasonal fruits and vegetables at no cost
  • Because produce ripens quickly, gleaning trips are usually organized on short notice
  • Local faith communities pay for buses, some gleaning trips are organized with cars driven by gleaners to smaller farms
  • Also holds educational workshops

A Tree for the Picking - urban gleaning program involving private property owners in the city that have offered the produce from their fruit trees and gardens

Community volunteers are welcome to help coordinate a bus pick up location, monitor bus loads and/or pick for other community members or food banks. Student volunteers are welcome to complete their OSSD hours. Contact the coordinator

Service Details

Hours Vary, contact for details 
Dates: Jun-Nov
Areas Served Peterborough (County of)
Eligibility Must be willing and able to do the work. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult to supervise them. Everyone should be careful in very humid, hot weather - babies and those who have other illnesses are at risk.
Application Registration required each year, call for information.
No questions are asked about income/expenses.
Organizers require gleaner's address phone number or email.
Languages English
Fees None

Address and Location

Located In Community Peterborough
Address & Map
Peterborough, ON
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Physical Access Not Accessible ; Participants must walk, bend, pick and carry. If the school buses are too difficult for some to get on and off of, a friend or relative should pick instead. Sometimes walkers with wheels can be used. Strollers or carts are allowed
Workshops are generally accessible
Contact for more information

Contact Information

Office Phone 705-749-9977, call or text
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Primary Contact Lori Sainte, Coordinator; Phone: 705-749-9977; Email:

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