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Rescuing Nature's Bounty for the Benefit of Our Community

The GleanSLO Vision

 
Through the act of harvesting and sharing food, we connect and nourish our community to build stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for our food

Upcoming Events!

 
March 19th | LoveSLO city-wide day of service
info here

April 16th | Ynana Rose benefit show at Sally Loo's
info here

April 27-May 1st | Wine Waves and Beyond
info here.
Wine, Waves and Beyond is Back!
Mark your calendars folks, tickets for this year’s Wine, Waves and Beyond events are live! Proceeds from these fun four days of events benefit GleanSLO and includes includes Rabobank’s Barrel to Barrel—a wine, beer tasting with silent auction—as well as a Winemakers Dinner which features multi-course gourmet meal paired with high-caliber Central Coast Wines
 
Visit the Wine, Waves and Beyond website for more information, or click here for a list of events and pricing.
 
We need volunteers for a few of these events! Email Emily Wilson if you are interested in donating your time to help out with these events!

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Thank you
to our recent 
produce donors!

 
Saturday Templeton Farmers Market
Thursday SLO Farmers Market
Island Farms
Cal Poly Organic Farm
Duncan Family Farms
Trabia Farms
Talley Farms
The Moses Family
Maria Murrietta at the Master Gardeners Demo Garden
SLO Natural Foods Co-Op
L & C Smith Groves
Dan Melton at SLO VEG
Branch Mill Organic Farm and Retreat Center
Avila & Sons Farm
Cortez Farm
Pepper Creek Family Farm
Bill & Sally Junge
Harlow Family Orchard
SLO Creek Farms
Sally Woelper
One of SLO Food Bank's Senior Farmers Market recipients Patricia- read more about her story here.
Emily and Josh giving a presentation on Local Food Waste and the Gleaning Movement at Cal Poly's Change the Status Quo Conference in February.
Wanna Get Gleaning?
Visit the GleanSLO Harvest Calendar
Green Hills, Green Leaves 
And Still More Citrus

With oranges or lemons being gleaned almost every day the last couple weeks (over 20,000 lbs in 2016 alone!), citrus is still going strong throughout the county- but we're preparing for more greens like chard, kale, and lettuces in the coming weeks and months. And before we know it, stone fruit season will be here!
The photo above was taken at a harvest best described as "students gleaning for students" at City Farm SLO last Tuesday. That morning Pacific Beach High School students were able to get a lesson in gleaning by harvesting kale for an upcoming children's farmers market at Lillian Larson Elementary in Paso Robles. Learn more about city farm and what they do at www.cityfarmslo.org.
Retired Educator and Gleaner Extraordinaire! 
An Interview with GleanSLO's newest Steering Committee member, Susan McTaggart!

Interview by Carolyn Eicher
 

I’m delighted to share this interview about Susan McTaggart, a dedicated gleaner who travels around the county to harvest from big farms and small backyards at least once per week. When I first met Susan, we gleaned pomegranates and persimmons from a neighborhood in SLO, and another time we met was when she was completing the Neighborhood Harvest Leader training, and the citrus glean continued, even when it started to rain! Susan is also a new member of our GleanSLO Steering Committee and has been a wonderful addition, asking thoughtful questions,  offering suggestions, and sharing her enthusiasm and wisdom. Thank you Susan, for all you offer to GleanSLO and our community!
 

  • Please share your name, a few sentences about you, and your background.

My name is Susan McTaggart and I have lived on the Central Coast for about 30 years, having first discovered the area as a student at Cal Poly in the 70’s. I taught elementary school in Atascadero until 2014, when I retired and started gleaning.

  • When and how did you hear about GleanSLO? What interests you about the work we do?

In March or April of 2014, I heard about GleanSLO on the radio when one of the founders was being interviewed. I think GleanSLO is terrific for so many reasons: it helps people in need, it encourages a healthy diet, it saves food from being wasted, and it promotes community relationships. On a personal level it is a perfect fit for people who like being outdoors, gardening and meeting great people.

  • Has anything been surprising as you learn more about food access and hunger in our community?

It’s shocking to me that so many people in our community, and our country, are food-insecure.  With 45,000 people in our county needing assistance, it is a big task to meet that need.  Providing fresh produce is even more challenging than supplying shelf stable foods, but I feel it is vitally important as part of a healthy diet and as a way of promoting healthy eating habits. That is the role of GleanSLO.

  • Do you have a recipe using local prduce that you’d be willing to share with our GleanSLO community?

Here is an incredibly simple recipe that I love. I first ate it on a bike trip in Provence and came home hoping to replicate it.  Luckily, I found this recipe in Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

Carrot Salad with Parsley and Mint

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint

Peel and grate the carrots.  Mix the lemon juice with 1/4 tsp. salt, then whisk in oil.  Toss with carrots, parsley and mint, then season with pepper.  Serve right away or cover and chill for an hour.

GleanSLO wants YOU...
To Become a Harvest Leader!

Love gleaning as much as we do? Sign up for a harvest leader training session and get the tools necessary to lead fellow community members in harvesting excess produce around the county. Whether you live in Nipomo or Paso Robles, GleanSLO could use your help.
Pictured above is our most recently initiated group of Harvest Leaders, finishing up their ladder safety and harvesting demo.

To get more details on our Harvest Leader program or see how else you can help, contact Emily Wilson, volunteer coordinator at ewilson@slofoodbank.org or (805)835-8038.
Green and Orange and Delicious All Over
A Few Colorful Recipes for your
March Gleanings
 
For a healthy, fresh lunch or appetizer, try out this versitile kale citrus salad with red wine vinaigrette. Feel free to substitute other citrus for the grapefruit in this one.
By reccomendation of one of our volunteers- try your hand at preservation with this recipe for moroccan style pickled carrots
For a main course, go for this easy lemon kale pasta or this simple swiss chard with lentils. Not enough lemon you say? Throw some lemon garlic tilapia on top! Serve with homemade lemonade(just kidding)(unless your really crazy about lemons. Like, really crazy).
Oh, prefer to drink your meal? Well do we have the green-orange smoothie for you!


             

GleanSLO is a program of the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County

www.slofoodbank.org | www.gleanslo.org 
 
Copyright © 2014 GleanSLO, All rights reserved.

Mailing address:
Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, Attn: GleanSLO
P.O. Box 2070
Paso Robles, CA 93447

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