Fruit Gleaning Program

In partnership with Healthy Community Food Systems, FLC Environmental Center, and Colorado State University (CSU) Extension, Bear Smart Durango has established a Fruit Gleaning Hub, an online Bulletin Board that connects residents desiring fruit with those having fruit available for harvesting. Let’s work together to feed community members instead of the local bear population! Read a summary of this Program.


To list trees available for harvest:

1) Contact CSU Extension at 970-382-6463 or  or use the simple online form to list tree(s)

2) List the type of fruit tree(s) available, your general location and your contact information of choice.

3) Please let us know when trees have been harvested. Thanks!


To locate available trees for harvest:

1) Go here for a listing of fruit trees available for harvest.




Photo courtesy: Henry Dudley










As anyone who has them knows, fruit trees often produce more fruit than one family could ever use in a given year. If you have more fruit than you can use – and to help avoid problems with bears associated with fruit trees – there are resources available.

Fruit trees can be a major cause of human-bear human conflict in our area. Most fruit trees are located in or next to people’s yards. Bears have great memories and easily remember locations of easy food sources. Fruit trees can be open invitations for bears to linger near people and their homes. Electric fencing has proven extremely effective in keeping bears out of most anything – including fruit trees.


A 2010 study by University of Montana wildlife biology graduate student Jerod Merkle found that on any given day a home along the northern fringe of Missoula, Montana had a 60 percent chance of being visited by a bear. Trash collection days increased those odds by 24 percent. And when apples were available, the odds increased by 269 percent.




In addition to the Fruit Gleaning Program, there are other resources in town that are happy receiving donations of fruit:

Turtle Lake Refuge | 848 E. Third Avenue | 970-247-8395

Manna Soup Kitchen | 1100 Avenida del Sol | 970-385-5095

Apple Days: Happening October 4-5 at Buckley Park, with volunteers harvesting trees prior. For more info, contact: Celeste Greene at

Project Produce Bounty: Happening September 13-15 with fruit donations being accepted prior. For more info, contact: Wendy Rice, CSU Extension, 970-382-6461 or

FLC Environmental Center and the Grub Hub On Campus Food Bank. Contact EC Coordinator at (970) 247-7091 or email



NOTE: “Vendors are listed as a service to clientele.  Parties involved do not guarantee nor warrant the standard of any vendor’s product, nor does it imply approval of the product to the exclusion of others which also may be available, nor does it intend discrimination or criticism of products or providers that are mentioned or not mentioned. In addition, we assume no liability for harvesting or use of vendors’ product.”


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