Urban Gleaning


I’m living here in an old neighborhood in North Denver and wishing I had the energy of a decade ago or about 5 more sets of hands. The apricots are ripe across the street, bowing the branches to the lawn with fragrant fruit. They are ready for jam, bars, drying, eating, and Moroccan Chicken. All this used to go hand-in-glove with community and family time. It’s such wonderful -but intense- work that a group really counts! I want a gleaning group!

There are three or four peach trees at the end of the street loaded with ripening fruit, and I just missed the cherries a few blocks over. Soon my plums will be ready to go, and there are apple trees on every block. And that’s just around my house.  Some of the freshest and cheapest organic fruits are dropping to the ground instead of into our mouths.

We have an old problem: food wastes and people are hungry! I’ve started talking; I’ve started connecting; and I envision people learning how to harvest again from their own yards and preserve their rewards instead of having it rot on the ground. I am dreaming about Urban Gleaners and Urban Foragers, harvesting all this abundance and sharing it with others. Now that’s local! That’s sustainable! Will you join me?


This is a good resource to help encourage others to glean and forage with you. How great to not only live in an area where such fruits are available but to notice how such fruits can be used.
Good going!


I’ve helped develop an online gleaning map of Denver that anyone can edit and add to. It’s available at Enjoy!


I am seriously interested in Urban gleaning. My hubby and i have a very small yard but make maximum use of it and we also have a community garden. I have foraged through the compost bin before and found some perfectly good veggies. I looked in to urban gleaning in fort Collins last year but came up with nothing and I know there are fruit trees out there I wish more people would be open to having others pick from them or the ground.
If there are any urban gleaners in my neighbohood who would like to hook up, leave me a message.


There is a relatively new group in Denver called Yard Harvest which is actively organizing to harvest fruit in Denver:

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