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Volunteer Information 2019

Important Dates for 2019

Volunteer Orientation: July 12th 6:30 pm

Location: 4295 - 8th ave

June to October: Pick fruit :)

Important Information for Volunteers

Volunteers are responsible for responding to the availability form.   During the pick season you will receive a weekly email to give your availability.  


Once you have a pick date established, meet the other volunteers at the location of the pick.


Bring your own boxes and buckets to put the fruit in. Participate with the team to pick fruit (clear the tree and clean up any fruit or tree debris on the ground), ensure everyone's safety, and help everyone to have a fun time.

Transport ladders, pick bags, boxes to the pick site.

Meet volunteers at the start of a pick and connect with homeowner when you arrive

Help distribute the fruit. Share 1/3 of fruit with homeowner, deliver 1/3 of fruit to a local charity (list at Community Garden and on the Fruit Distribution page), ensure all volunteers get a share of the final 1/3 of fruit. Take your share home, and enjoy the harvest!

Return materials and equipment to the Community Garden 


Ensure pick checklist is completed and fill out the pick log form online.

If you have questions during a pick or if you're talking to other people who would like to volunteer or who have trees to be picked please contact us at Albernivalleygleaning@gmail.com or by phone at 250-731-8330

If other questions arise about the project please don't hesitate to contact us as well.

Thank you for participating in the Alberni Valley Gleaning Project and for helping to pick fruit to share with the community.

Notes About Picking

No volunteer should do a pick on their own. There should be at least 2 people at each pick. This is important for having a safe pick event.


No fruit that has been on the ground can be donated. This fruit must be kept separate. This is the highest safety risk, via e-coli contamination.

Ladder safety - Ensure ladders are safely erected - with the legs secure/level and the tripod open wide enough to make a stable base. Never climb on top rungs, do not reach far from ladder. Don’t place tools and buckets on ladder where they may fall onto people below.

General fruit harvesting tips - Pick ripe fruit without breaking branches, shaking trees or climbing trees. Put fruit into bins carefully to reduce bruising. Ripe fruit generally falls from tree with a slight lift and turning action.