EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 10-26-2020
NO TRICKS, JUST TREATS
The Great Pumpkin and the Eugene Area Gleaners will deliver Halloween treats to the children of families in need in the greater Eugene/Springfield area. Fill out the form below to request a visit for your family or to volunteer to help:
The Oregon Health Authority has updated its guidance on the use of face shields—the recommendation is to wear a mask instead of a face shield except in cases when a face shield is appropriate, for example, for communicating with someone who is deaf.
Please follow these guidelines when participating in gleaner activities.
Thank you for keeping each other and our gleaner group safe!
Slots are still open for the meal train for Bonnie Williams and family:
A GoFundMe to help with expenses is available here:
Please stay mindful of COVID-19 guidelines when dropping items off.
COOKBOOK NEEDS YOUR RECIPES
Deadline for submitting your culinary creations for the gleaner cookbook is this Saturday, October 31. Rose Jacobs will then start putting it together. Submit your favorites here:
NOTE: Masks are required during gleans. Please do not sign up if you are not willing or able to wear a mask.
Monday, October 26: Apples in the Whiteaker area
Thursday, October 29: Walnuts in Junction City
Friday, October 30: Wood in Marcola
Friday, October 30: Organic produce in Walterville (potatoes, tomatoes, onions, squash, etc.)
Be sure to watch the Facebook group or the email list for new gleans.
New glean leaders are always welcome! Contact Susan Chapen at firstname.lastname@example.org or message her on Facebook to get trained!
AT THE DROP SITES
HELP WANTED: Coming up is the rare fifth weekend of the month, so drivers are needed for the Saturday Orowheat pickup–one for Springfield and one for Garfield:
NOTE: Wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided when visiting a drop site. Also be sure to note what you take on the sign-out sheet.
If you leave something at a drop site, be sure to notify the host and post to the Facebook group and email list so people know to come get it.
Also make sure the refrigerator is closed securely if you open it.
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St.
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
The drop sites have plenty of bread thanks to a donation of unlabeled white sandwich bread from Food for Lane County.
EGG AND DAIRY UPDATE
Eva Bolin is now the coordinator for Food for Lane County pickups. We are now on “On Call” status, which means we will know by Wednesday whether there will be donations to pick up on Thursday or Friday. Once she hears from them, Eva will put out a call when volunteers are needed for pickup.
BOOKS FOR KIDS
Children between birth and 5 can get a free book each month from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Both Springfield and Eugene are on the list of participating communities (enter your zip code to check eligibility). Sign up here:
BLUE BOTTLE BAGS
Bottle Drop blue bags are now available at the Garfield (1242 Garfield St.) and Springfield (2445 Laralee St.). Please take one bag per family at a time. When the bag is full, return it to one of the Bottle Drop redemption centers (Eugene: 2105 West Broadway, Springfield: 2289 Olympic St.) and the Eugene Area Gleaners will be credited. Both centers are open from 8 to 6 daily.
In case you missed it, Hummingbird Wholesale is looking for partners to demonstrate and teach permaculture in an urban commercial environment. Even if you don’t want to partner, the post is worth a read to see what they’re already doing on their property (120 and 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard):
Lane County Extension is offering a COVID-safe worm bin composting workshop on Nov. 7 at 10 am. Fee is $45. The class meets online for 1.5 hours, then in the afternoon participants can pick up their preassembled worm bin and worms at the extension office:
They are also sponsoring an online celebration of master gardeners this week, with a film festival, update on the state of the Oregon Master Gardener program, and a beneficial insect trivia game. Register here to participate:
Full list of events is here:
Have you purchased your gleaner sticker yet? Funds go toward building a gleaner barn at 1070 Linda Lane. The 2” x 6” stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Buy your stickers here: