Community Fruit Gleaning Program

The Community Fruit Gleaning Program aims to feed community members instead of bears. By listing your backyard apple tree for harvest or by heading out to gather those apricots 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.

Fruit Trees Available for Harvest:  Click icons on map for more information. (Map locations are approximate). Once you find a tree you are interested in harvesting, please use the contact information listed to get more detailed harvest information.

* Click on this link to list fruit trees for gleaning and to remove a tree from the list.


Map created in Google Maps. 2018


  Sean Downtown Durango Apricots n/a 970-749-8271 or
  Paul E College Dr  Area Apples n/a
7-11 Suzanne N College Area Cherries 4 303-514-0155
7-14 Laura Skyridge Cherries 2 970-749-3164
7-15 Paul or Cheryl N College Area Cherries 1 970-209-1471 or 970-946-2839
7-15 Jennifer Fassbinder Park Area Apricots 1 970-799-1757


About this program

This program is brought to you by the Regional Food Recovery Initiative: 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. Hub 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: Fort Lewis College Environmental Center

Special thanks to Duffy Brook for help with the Fruit Gleaning web pages! Thank you, Duffy.