"Opting out" of the Industrial Food System

To us, gleaning is more than about rescuing food waste. Gleaning is about having the skills and know-how to not only rescue, but also to identify, cultivate, and preserve the abundance that exists all around us. It's about all the different aspects that come together to create one's "food sovereignty"and the magic that happens when a person has the tools they need to become more self-sufficient. In a world where crisis can disrupt and dismantle systems that our lives depend on at the drop of a hat, it's becoming more important than ever to take charge of the most important thing to our survival and well-being: food.

What is a "Community Gleaner?"

We define a “community gleaner” as someone who can harvest food from just about anywhere. A Community Gleaner can identify edibles on a forest walk, sees the value in maintaining and stewarding our NW community orchards so the food doesn’t go to waste, gardens for food production, soil building, and pollinator promotion. A Community Gleaner sees the importance of food justice and works within their capacity to promote equitable access to fresh, healthy, and local food.

Are you a locavore who wants to move further in the direction taking charge of their own food independence? Are you passionate about food justice and want to help work towards a more equitable food system? Someone who volunteers regularly and cares about giving back to your community? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Community Gleaner's program would be a great fit for you.

Becoming a Community Gleaner

Join us over the next year for our FREE webinar series on all things food sovereignty: composting and preserving basics, the importance promoting pollinators for food production, year-round fruit tree care, using edible foodscapes as a tool for food justice, and more.


A Community Gleaner is a community resource on all the topics these courses entail. After (or while!) participating in the course, Community Gleaners "pay back" their training with 20 hours of volunteer service with Urban Abundance. This can look like identifying good locations for and helping plant publicly accessible edible landscapes (think hell strip Victory Gardens), leading volunteer events taking care of our urban orchards, encouraging neighborhood produce sharing by organizing backyard harvests, leading harvests during August's Pick-a-Pear-a-thon, or representing the program at community events and festivals.


We've scheduled this course to take place in spring and winter sections. See the spring schedule below. Winter classes will cover topics from preserving basics, edible landscaping, winter fruit tree pruning, foraging, and more. If you have any requests for specific topics, please do let us know and we will try our best to accommodate.

All webinars are held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:30 pm. Register here!

**Current Community Gleaners: report your hours & impact here!

Spring Series:


Promoting Pollinators for Food Production

Learn about the role pollinators play in our food system and how to promote pollinators in your home garden.


Composting for Food Waste Reduction

How to minimize kitchen waste and turn it into black gold for your vegetable or flower garden.


Food Sovereignty & Food Justice 101

Delve into the importance of food soveriengty on a personal and community level, and how edible food scapes in urban areas can be a tool for food justice.


Summer Fruit Tree Care Tips: culling, blossom drop, and harvest techniques

Learn how to care for your fruit trees during warmer months to encourage the healthiest fruit production possible and maximize your backyard orchard's longevity