The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Food Action Network have been running a gleaning program since 2000. Gleaning is the practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to be ploughed under after the harvest. For more information, check out the Gleaning pamphlet or call (807) 625-5956.
Harvest Share (previously known as the Thunder Bay Fruit Tree Project) organizes volunteers to make use of locally grown fruit that would otherwise go to waste in people’s yards. Through neighbourhood picks, Harvest Share promotes community spirit, as well as skills development through preserving and canning workshops. Some of the preserves and canned goods are donated to food banks, while others are sold to local businesses.