Gleaning Abundance Program

Sharing the Abundance

The Gleaning Abundance Program brings people together to help harvest our local abundance of fruit and vegetables and share it with the greater community. Produce that might have gone to waste becomes a welcome source of fresh food for many who might otherwise go without.

Our main focus is fruit trees, but we also glean farms and gardens. People with an overabundance of produce get their crops harvested, our volunteers get free fresh-picked produce, and local community groups receive fruit and vegetables for their clients and programs. This year we are connecting with 22 different organizations throughout our city!

Join us!

Have fun, meet new people and take home fresh produce! Join the Gleaning Abundance Program to receive email notifications about upcoming harvests and other food action opportunities. If you are unable to pick fruit, there are other ways for you to get involved and share in the harvest.

Register your tree or garden

We can help you share your abundance! Register your tree or garden to have a volunteer gleaning crew pick your produce and share  it with the community.

Before we schedule a harvest we’ll call you to get some details about your garden or trees.

Questions about the GAP?

Questions about the GAP? Contact us:

Be Bear Aware

It’s normal for a bear to travel though our community in certain instances, such as accessing natural food sources or relocating to areas once included in their natural home range. However, when bears begin to utilize human-provided food sources in a community, it creates the potential for human-bear conflict.

Caring for our Trees

While many trees are pruned for either aesthetic and/or maintenance purposes, fruit trees are pruned for optimal growth and production. If not well maintained, they can easily become a burden to homeowners, who sometimes opt for complete removal over remediation. To avoid the loss of these valuable community assets, we at the GAP have put together some resources to give people the confidence to tackle some of that maintenance on their own. The benefits to this care can be seen in increased crop production and resilience to ever changing weather patterns.

There are generally two times of year that you should prune your fruit trees. Structural or remedial work is done in late winter/early spring before the buds have opened and the sap starts running. This involves the removal of larger limbs to improve the overall shape and structure, and should be your first step when restoring trees that are damaged, overgrown, or neglected. During the summer months is when we refine the structure of the tree. This includes removing dead or vertical branches, and training lateral branches to encourage fruiting growth.

Pruning Info & Resources

Click below to find videos and resources on pruning your tree.

This article gives a great outline for the basic principles of pruning.

Created by the US centre of Agroecology, this video explains what kind of pruning can be done during the summer months and elaborates upon different types of seasonal care.

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Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a system that was created in order to help reduce our reliance on noxious pesticides. Benefits include reduced pesticide use, lower costs and less exposure to harmful chemicals. By using cultural, mechanical, and biological control measures we are able to manage pests while creating healthier agricultural practices.


Lbs of fruit and vegetables gleaned since 2013!

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Lbs of fruit and vegetables gleaned in 2023!

Food Outreach Partners

The GAP donates fruit to community organizations who share the fruit through their programs. Our partners include:

The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed Wellness Centre provides hope and wellbeing to adults experiencing homelessness or poverty by providing an easily accessible, client-centered program with the goal of improving health. The Wellness Centre assists clients in identifying health needs, removing barriers, and supporting clients in achieving and maintaining health.

Stone Soup Collective

The Stone Soup Collective is a group of like-minded individuals whose primary goal is to serve and assist the housing insecure, homeless and marginalized individuals of our community through food distribution and connection to relevant services.

The Loop

The Loop is a neighbourhood community centre; a drop-in centre where people in need can enjoy a warm meal, get out of the heat or the cold, and connect with resources – everything from legal and housing to employment and health supports. The loop also offers hygiene and harm reduction supplies, and is a place where folks can do laundry and shower.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue, and that everyone has a right to access basic necessities such as nutritious food, health care, education and economic opportunity. The Salvation Army can help with groceries, emergency food hampers and meal deliveries, or obtaining furniture and household items.

Aboriginal Friendship Society

The Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society is a charitable organization with a status free open-door policy. They encourage everyone to drop into their location, meet their friendly staff and learn more about the programs and services they offer. All programs at the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society are free, confidential, and provided in a positive safe environment.

And many more! If your organization would like to partner with the GAP, please contact

Donate to the GAP

Gleaning Abundance Program News


Pruning Workshop

Our upcoming Pruning Workshop will be held on August 23rd from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. (We will provide the address and accessibility details following registation). In this two hour workshop we will be offering basic information about pruning…

Pruning Consultation Servicess

***This service is no longer offered***   Our Gleaning Abundance Program is expanding!   We know that it is important to take care of our trees and help them be more resilient to climate change. Annual pruning keeps fruit…

We’re Hiring: Tree Trimmer/Pruner

We are hiring a Pruner/Tree Trimmer to support our GAP this summer!   This temporary 8-week position (~30 hours/week) will work closely with our Gleaning Abundance Coordinator to help with harvests, pruning, and tree care/maintenance!    The…