Help The Food Banks With A Sunday Tree Gleaning

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Sustainable Burien’s Food Pod is seeking volunteers for a “Tree Gleaning” this Sunday, Oct. 12th at 2pm.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Personally, we hadn’t heard of “gleaning” relating to food before (pardon our ignorance folks but hey, at least we’re honest) so we looked it up; here’s how Wikipedia defines it:

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system. For example, ancient Jewish communities required that farmers not reap all the way to the edges of a field so as to leave some for the poor and for strangers.

As for this particular gleaning, it’s a large apple tree with lots of apples, and is located near SW 128th and SR-509.

According to Suzanne Greive of Sustainable Burien:

One of our goals was to identify fruit-bearing trees that could be gleaned and donated to local food banks.

I have been working with the West Seattle group since we don’t have an organized group for Burien yet.

We had one successful gleaning experience in Burien and gathered 232 lbs of apples from one of my neighbors.

I did start a blog just for our small food pod group and here is the link if you want to check it out:

I also am a extreme couponer and take advantage of free or nearly free items for the food banks with the use of coupons and local sales. You can check my blog out out at In particular the post about couponing basics. It’s a rewarding hobby and contributes to our food banks and community.

I am a big fan of both the B-Town Blog and the White Center Blog (I live right between the two).

To volunteer or get more info, please email Suzanne Greive: [email protected]

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