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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 Home-Grown Produce at Encinitas Arbor Day, Saturday April 30

Bring your homegrown backyard produce to Arbor Day at Cottonwood Creek Park between 9:00 am - 12:00pm. Local, nonprofit food rescue organization, ProduceGood will be collecting donations for feeding agencies in the community.

ProduceGood at Encinitas Arbor Day April 30 Flier

Schedule ProduceGood volunteers to harvest your fruit!


A picture containing outdoor, tree, ground, personDescription automatically generated 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.