Supreme Gleaner

Do you love fruit?

Excited to transport it to our 35 partner agencies across Toronto? 

Are you a natural leader who enjoys meeting new people? 

You sound just right 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 to our 35 partner agencies across the city.

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Qualifications:

  • Friendly and comfortable in a leadership role
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Comfortable riding a bike or driving 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 equipment from a neighbourhood storage hub and a cargo bike if you’re using it;
    • make your way 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.

Special notes:

Our fruit picks last up to two hours each and the Supreme Gleaner shift is usually 3.5 to 4 hours. 

We’re committed to environmental sustainability and using bikes as our main mode of transport, but we also understand that not everyone is comfortable navigating the streets of Toronto in a cargo bike. As an alternative, Supreme Gleaners are welcome to use their own car to pick up equipment and deliver fruit to our partner agencies. 

Perks:

  • 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 environmental 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? No problem! All Supreme Gleaners attend a training session. Training sessions will be held in June and July.

Ready to apply?

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