Glean, harvest, collect, rescue, it what you will, the Alberni Valley Gleaning Project gathers thousands of pounds of local fruit each year that would otherwise go to waste.

The program functions by connecting tree owners who have unwanted or excess fruit with volunteer pickers who help themselves and, in turn, help those in need. Fruit harvested by the volunteers is shared - 1/3 for the property owner if desired, 1/3 for the pickers, and 1/3 as a donation to charities and other organizations in need. In 2012, the inaugural year, the program collected and put to use over 3800 pounds of fruit. But the Alberni Valley Gleaning Project does more than just harvest and share fruit, it also helps to remove bear attractants and foster community resilience and social well-being.