1. We have a local fruit tree project like Portland does: the Boulder Fruit Tree project (http://www.boulderfruittreeproject.com/). Fruit trees are such a part of Boulder County’s history and landscape, but so few people have the knowledge and energy to care for their trees. So these folks will pick your tree for you (they also help with trees on public property) and donate the apples to the food bank. Picking up groundfall apples helps with several types of apple diseases/pests and helps control bear activity in populated areas too, so it’s good all around!

    I plan to trade pruning services with several friends and neighbors for their apples until my trees are big enough to produce. Didn’t realize there was a name for it though :)

  2. What a beautiful blog. I have added it to my always-expanding (but small) daily blogs to read. Thanks for the ping!

  3. Great info! I had no idea there were so many resources for finding and sharing produce. More than once I’ve seen people have more grapefruit (or peppers or what have you) than they or their family/co-workers/neighbors can use, so it’s great to see ways you can expand the circle and connect with more people who can use it.

    We’re going to try a vegetable garden in our little patch of ground this fall. Last time was not so successful, but I would love to have enough to share!

  4. Awesome. :) We love gleaning. Our neighbor let’s us use all sorts of good things from her place. I put up loads of rhubarb this year for later use. She asked me to pick the rest of her gooseberries when she was done. I think I got 3 quarts. Yum!
    We also pick off the old apple trees, wild plums and wild grapes along the roadsides and the ranch where I grew up. And don’t forget the chokecherries! Dan and I used to find loads of apricots up in Fort Collins. Good eats for hungry college students. ;)

    The bears are having a grand time around Lyons. I have never seen so much bear poop!

    We gleaned today at Miller Farms. I think I will be up for another few hours…..

  5. I have never heard of this, but am interested in more information about it.

    How do you know the food you are getting from some total stranger is safe?

    We always go to this cover bridge festival in the fall, and its a long drive through the country to get to the festival. And you always see tons of people selling fruits and veggies, and i am always tempted to buy some, I cant help but worry about it not being safe.

  6. We all know that fruits are really healthy. But it is a lot healthier if its is homegrown as it is chemical free and we are assured that it is clean and safe to eat.

  7. Great post!

    My dad had 350 apple trees. We used to get a lot of people helping themselves when it wasn’t welcome. If they would have just come up to the house, we would have shared! There’s a certain way to pick an apple. Those that were stealing often pulled the apple off instead of twisting it off–this keeps an apple from developing next year. So, not only did they take when they hadn’t asked, but they kept apples from growing next year.

    We were always looking for people to “glean” the trees at the end of the season. This was very important for next year’s harvest. A few apples MUST be left for the health of the tree.

    Something you can also do is take the tree falls for animal feed–chickens, horses, cows, etc love fallen fruit (and the critters in it!)

    Don’t eat fruit from the ground, though. You can get very sick or eat a lot of bugs and worms!

    Great post Amy. Our food shelves are desperate for fresh produce. If you have the time or produce to share, this is a great thing to do.

  8. I wish I had known about this a few years ago when I had hundreds of eggplants, cherry tomatoes, and peppers and couldn’t find anyone to take them. :(

    Now we have an itty bitty garden and I’d like to find my former h self with too much to handle. :)

  9. Lovely article. Colorful photos. Nice to see this going on in Colorado. Just validated what I already knew, urban fruit is available Any Town, USA. I’ve taken gleaning to the next level. Almost $100,000 worth of fruit and veggies harvested, hauled and delivered to local food pantries in one year. One Woman. One Tree. It all begins somewhere. Have you picked a tree lately? Perhaps you’d enjoy my blog too:
    Keep up the good work! Sincerely, Anna Chan, The Lemon Lady in Northern California. AnnaAndAva@gmail.com

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