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Fruit Tree Gleaning Tools with Spokane Edible Tree Project

04.01.2023 in Fruit Tree Harvest

Orchard Ladders Orchard ladders, or tripod ladders, have three legs to increase stability and allow gleaners to position the ladder securely between branches when picking high fruit. They’re available in various heights. Spokane Edible Tree Project owns 10-foot orchard ladders, which are secured to a…

Fruit Tree Education Series with Spokane Edible Tree Project

04.01.2023 in Education

Since its inception, SETP has been committed to educating the community about fruit tree care and food preservation. They have offered a variety of classes such as fruit tree pruning, apple cider vinegar making, and best fruit varieties for the Inland Northwest. Many individuals in…

Gleaning Procedure with Spokane Edible Tree Project

04.01.2023 in General/ Logistics

Contact the Tree Owner SETP always gets permission before gleaning. Gather information about the tree(s) and the property with assistance from the tree owner. Details to gather: Tree owner’s contact information Tree types Number of trees Tree heights Location of the trees on the property…

Market Recovery with Spokane Edible Tree Project

04.01.2023 in Market Recovery

Spokane Edible Tree Project expanded their produce recovery efforts to include the local farmers’ market in 2017. Twice a week, SETP volunteers arrived at the Spokane Farmers’ Market at closing time to pick up donations from vendors. Here’s how it worked during its inaugural year:…

Cull Recovery with SoSA Georgia

21.12.2022 in Culls/ Harvested

Special Note** culls that are not significantly damaged but not market quality can be safely recovered with small groups of volunteers properly trained in food safety. Not a family-friendly event but an efficient way to recover produce. This can be a messy and physical event,…

Produce Recovery with Society of St. Andrew MS

20.12.2022 in Market Recovery

Anywhere where there is an accumulation of food, there is waste, and can result in a need for gleaning! This can occur at a trucking company, farmers market, grocery store, farm, packaging warehouse, and even at produce stands. Anytime produce is accumulated, there can be…

Tips on Orchard Gleaning: Yakima Valley Produce Market

09.12.2022 in Orchards

Volunteer Specifics If gleaning in an orchard, most of the fruit will likely be in clusters only accessible by ladder, but some should still be accessible from the ground.  Most groups or individuals participating in gleaning will come out for a few gleans and training…

Farmers Market Donations: Yakima Valley Produce Harvest

09.12.2022 in Market Recovery

In 2012, Northwest Harvest piloted a donation booth at the Yakima Farmers Market.  The booth operated as a partnership between Northwest Harvest and a different hunger relief program each week (food bank or meal program).  These organizations, referred to as partner programs, used the opportunity…