Peterborough Gleans

Site: Mobile Service

Description (Service) COVID19 
Most trips will be done using participants own vehicles.  
Only adults allowed to pick at this time 
Workshops temporarily on hold 
Regular 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 to mid Oct
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. There is no application and no questions are asked about income/expenses. Organizers require gleaner's general address and phone number.
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Site Location Various local farms and private property
Located In Community Peterborough (County of)
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
Primary Contact Lori Sainte, Coordinator; Phone: 705-749-9977; Email:
Alternate Contact Joelle Favreau, Community Development Coordinator, YWCA Peterborough; Phone: 705-743-3526; Email: