The Good Food Collective aims to feed community members instead of bears. By listing your backyard fruit tree for harvest or by heading out to gather fruit from your neighbor’s yard, you are doing a huge favor to our community. For one, you are helping to strengthen our regional food security (i.e. our ability to feed ourselves) and keeping our bears wild and safe from harm. The fruit gleaning program has migrated to The Good Food Collective! Go there to locate trees available to harvest and to list trees to be harvested! About this program This program is brought to you by the Good Food Collective: a coalition effort to reclaim local, fresh food to feed people, build food justice, spark our economy, support our farmers, strengthen our local food system and build a regional community. Partners include Local First, Fort Lewis College Environmental Center, Colorado State University Extension Office, Healthy Community Food Systems, Bear Smart Durango, The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, Cooking Matters and Durango School District 9R. Additional local and regional partners serve on an advisory committee. More funds are needed, including towards coordination of volunteer fruit and produce harvest crews. Click on the donate button below to make a secure contribution via the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado using PayPal, credit or debit card. “Thank you for the fruit gleaning program! I was able to contact two out of the three people listed and my family and I collected bags of pears and apples last week, hopefully helping the trees and property owners to keep damage down to a minimum, keeping bears from harm and helping us too. Thanks again.” – Durango resident, 2015 Thank you to The Payroll Department , the USDA and the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado! Banner photo: The Good Food Collective Special thanks to Duffy Brook for help with the Fruit Gleaning web pages! Thank you, Duffy.