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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

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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
AG High Health and Fitness Fair

Americorps fellows Emily Wilson(of GleanSLO) and Laura Reinacher(of SLO Food Bank) recently spent some time at A.G. High School for their annual Health and Fitness Fair, where they not only spread the word about hunger in our community, but also got a lesson in balance from the yogis next-door.
Check out our upcoming gleans!
Visit the GleanSLO Harvest Calendar
Kelly and Irfan #gleaningthe805
The return of Jeanine!

GleanSLO wants YOU...
to become a Farmer's Market Collection Leader! 

Do you love farmer's market? The smell of grilled corn slathered in mayo? The soul-stroking sounds of Lord of the Cello?
More importantly, do you enjoy rescuing high quality, fresh, local produce for the good of our community? Or maybe just the authority associated with guiding a dolly full of banana boxes through a busy Thursday market...

Well have we got the position for you! GleanSLO is looking for a Farmer's Market Collection Leader for SLO's Thursday evening farmer's market. We're looking for someone who is available Thursday evenings from 7:55PM-9:15PM. Orientation and any necessary equipment is provided, including the assistance of two other volunteers from SLO's Salvation Army. Fluency in Spanish not required but highly appreciated!

For more information, contact our volunteer coordinator Emily Wilson; or (805)835-8038.

Gleaning the 805 at Talley Farms!

gleanSLO's #glean805 event at Talley Farms

In a multi-county celebration of the national gleaning movement, gleanSLO, with the help of 60 volunteers and the generosity of Talley Farms Fresh Harvest, rescued 5,233 lbs of beautiful bell peppers to share with families in need through SLO Food Bank! 

Check out some photos from the event on our Flickr page!


Persimmons Rule Everything Around Me

Despite the California drought, persimmon trees around SLO county continue producing, and that's got us thinking- what do you do with all these persimmons?

Before diving into any recipes, we ought to address the (perhaps more immediate) question; what even is a persimmon
There are two types of persimmons that commonly grow in our county- Hachiyas and Fuyus.
Hachiya persimmons are upside-down-teardrop shaped, and bright orange when ripe. These persimmons are highly astringent(think mouth-puckering) until very soft, so they're often used for baking as a moistening agent or served like sauce on ice cream or toast. If you've got a lot of free time- there's always drying techniques.
Fuyus are the flatter and non-astringent sister-fruit of hachiyas. These persimmons can be eaten when still firm, and are similarly delicious and sweet. They are often used in salads or eaten fresh like apples!
Our Nutrition Programs Manager Mellissa provided us with this easy persimmon spinach salad recipe;

Makes 6 servings. 1 serving equals ½ cup.
Prep time: 30 minutes 

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons 100% orange juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups spinach, washed
3 medium Fuyu persimmons, sliced
¼ cup dried cranberries
Optional: Add sliced, grilled chicken breasts to the salad. 

1. In a small bowl, combine oil, orange juice, rice vinegar, and salt for dressing.  Chill in refrigerator.
2. In a large bowl, combine spinach, persimmons, and cranberries.
3. Toss salad with dressing and serve.

Feeling thankful for Kale! 
The Story of Duncan Family Farms

In June 2015 GleanSLO was approached by an organic specialty vegetable grower, Duncan Family Farms, to find out how they could get gleaners to come out to rescue kale and other veggies from their fields in Nipomo and other parts of the county. Duncan Family Farms has a strong history of community building wherever they grow and they are excited to share their farm and their local produce with our community.  They truly believe in the power of gleaning.  In fact, they have donated over one million pounds of produce to Food Banks through gleaning in their home base of Arizona

We encourage you to check out our next organic kale glean at Duncan Family Farms on November 22. While Nipomo might seem like a far drive, we would highly encourage volunteers to set aside some time to come out and check out this incredibly professional organic growing operation and help GleanSLO rescue some of the best produce our county has to offer.

Food System Advocacy Event
Thursday November 12, 4-5PM at 550 Dana St. SLO

The SLO Food Bank and the SLO Food System Coalition are bringing in an awesome guest who we would love for you to meet on November 12th- Andrew Cherne, the Poly Director of the California Association of FoodBanks. He'll be holding a Q&A about what we can do locally to advocate for change in our food system. He'll also be addressing questions about legislation that improves access to nutrition food for under-served populations.

There have been a few state and federal bills that either stalled out or were vetoed that will have a huge impact on our local food system, our food bank, and gleanSLO. Andrew will be there to talk about what happened and what we can do at a local level to make sure the bills we are following succeed. he'll also be addressing any other questions we have on policy.


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