No apple left behind! October 26 Gleaning event will benefit County Food Security Organizations
October 20, 2015

On Monday, October 26, the Hancock County University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia will host their annual apple gleaning event. This year’s event will take place at Johnston's Apple Orchard, located on the Branch Pond Rd. off Rt. 1A/Bangor Road in North Ellsworth. Join volunteers from the Master Gardener program, the Hancock County Food Security Network, and other community organizations, in harvesting end-of-the season apples for distribution to food security organizations throughout Hancock County.

For the last five years, UMaine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia have gleaned apples with the help of Master Gardener Volunteers, Hancock County Food Security Network volunteers, local businesses and organizations, such as the Hancock County Bar Association. Last year’s apple gleaning event resulted in a total of 5,235 pounds of apples collected within four hours by 35 volunteers. Event organizers Marjorie Peronto of UMaine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia’s Hannah Semler hope to double that amount in 2015, with a goal of 10,000 apples gleaned.

The gleaning event is scheduled from 8 am until 3 pm on Monday, October 26, with a rain date of October 27. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, or you may stay for the day. Volunteers planning to stay through lunchtime should plan to bring a bag lunch, or something to share. Gleaning apples is very rewarding for groups looking to have a fulfilling day outdoors together. This year is a bountiful one for apple growers, and many hands will be needed for this event. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to