What Is Gleaning?
Gleaning is simply the act of collecting excess fresh foods from farms, gardens, farmers markets, grocers, restaurants, state/county fairs, or any other sources in order to provide it to those in need, (USDA).
Benefits of Gleaning
Did you know that 40% of the food grown in the United States is never eaten? This not only wastes the actual food, but all of the time, energy, water, land, and resources that went into growing it. Landfills are also a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in California due to methane produced by decomposing food (County of SD)
When food waste is prevented by activities such as gleaning, not only are there environmental benefits, but the food can go to the 1 in 3 San Diegans who are hungry and lack access to healthy, fresh foods.
What Can You Do?
Residential waste is a leading source of food waste in landfills, and there’s many actions you can take on an individual or household level to reduce food waste. See tips for reducing food waste on the City’s website by following this link.
Donate Your Excess Produce
Do you have a home garden with excess produce?
The City of Encinitas has partnered with Healthy Day Partners to put your excess produce to good use! You can contribute to a healthier community and donate your produce by dropping it off at one of the following donation stations in Encinitas.
- San Diego Botanic Garden - 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas: Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm
- Encinitas Library - 540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas: Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm
- Olivenhain Germania Hotel - 7th & Cole Ranch Rd: Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm
- Healthy Day Partners Harvest Yard - 425 Raphael Ct. Encinitas: Everyday 9:00am-5:00pm
- Encinitas Community Garden - for community gardeners only: Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm
Click here to learn more.
Schedule ProduceGood volunteers to harvest your fruit!
Do you have too much fruit to pick yourself? Local, nonprofit ProduceGood will send a small volunteer crew to your property to harvest your backyard fruit. To schedule a pick, please sign up as a grower with ProduceGood by following this link.