Supreme Gleaner

Do you love fruit?

Love to ride a bike and meet new people?

You may be just ripe for our Supreme Gleaner team!

Supreme Gleaners are specially-trained volunteers who go the extra mile to make the harvest happen by leading fruit picks and transporting fruit and equipment by cargo bike.

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Qualifications:

  • Friendly and comfortable in a leadership role
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Comfortable riding a bike in the city

Responsibilities:

  • Lead fruit picks during Toronto’s fruit harvest season (runs from June to October)
  • For each pick, you will:
    • pick up a cargo bike and equipment from a neighbourhood storage hub;
    • bike to a fruit tree within the same neighbourhood;
    • greet volunteers and lead the pick, keeping things friendly and safe; and
    • deliver fruit to a nearby partner agency and return equipment to storage.

Note: our fruit picks last up to 2 hours each and the Supreme Gleaner shift is usually 3.5-4 hoursPerks:

  • A steady supply of fruit and your chance to pick it throughout the season (think cherries, berries, apples, plums, and more!)
  • Picks scheduled according to your availability
  • A chance to build community, and contribute to food security and environment sustainability
  • The opportunity to ride in style using one of our fancy cargo bikes
  • Toronto’s love and affection (except maybe from the squirrels and raccoons!)

New to fruit picking and cargo bike riding? No problem! All Supreme Gleaners will attend a training session. Training sessions will be held in June and August.

To Apply:

Email iamsupreme@notfarfromthetree.org and include the following:

  1. Your name, email and phone number
  2. The ward(s) you’re available to lead picks in
  3. Why you would be a great Supreme Gleaner
  4. Whether you can commit to leading four or more picks during the summer and/or fall

Please note: Currently, we are only accepting applications from Supreme Gleaners 18 years of age and older. However, if you are under 18, we would still love for you to join us as a fruit picking volunteer

Looking for an even deeper volunteer experience? You may be interested in joining the Tree Captain team!