EAG Newsletter 07-12-2021

EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 7-12-2021

 

MASKS AT DROP SITES

Please continue to wear masks at the drop sites and when picking up donations, unless specifically informed that no mask is needed. We are guests at these locations and want to be careful to respect their preferences.

 

 

MASKS ON GLEANS

The compromise we’ve come up with is that there will be MASK gleans and NO MASK gleans. When ALL of these conditions are met, a glean may be marked “NO MASK” (be sure to read the description:

  1. A) The DONOR is OK with us not wearing masks, or prefers no masks.

B ) The GLEAN LEADER is vaccinated and is OK with no masks.

  1. C) Social distancing of 6′ or more is possible (blueberry gleans, etc.). This won’t be possible on most gleans involving a ladder, where the climber and spotter need to be next to one another.

Gleaners who are NOT vaccinated are required to wear a mask to EVERY glean. Those who are vaccinated may still also choose to remain masked, even on a no-mask glean.

Please understand and support this decision by the Board of Directors. We are always monitoring as things change and are trying to make the safest choice for everyone in our group.

 

GLEANS

As more gleans appear on the calendar, please participate as you are able. If you don’t want or need what is gleaned, you can donate it to the group. Be sure to read the glean requirements before you sign up. 

 

Monday, July 10: Vegetables in Walterville (Organic Redneck)

Tuesday, July 13: Small red and yellow plums near campus (full)

Wednesday, July 14: Blueberries off Clear Lake Road

Thursday, July 15: Blueberries off Clear Lake Road

Friday, July 16: Greens and more in Walterville (Organic Redneck)

Friday, July 16: Small red plums in Veneta

Tuesday, July 20: Applies in west Eugene 

 

Be sure to watch the Facebook group and email list for other gleans. 

If you’re interested in being a glean leader, please contact Brandy Collier at eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com

 

AT THE DROP SITES

IMPORTANT: Please continue to wear your mask while at a site and use the hand sanitizer provided. 

Please use the OUT sheet to record what you take. Just put a tally mark next to the appropriate category for each item you take (for example, loaf of bread, jug of milk, bunch of lettuce or carrots,etc.). 

Take only what you need, and only one sweet item per family. Please take only what has been posted as available on Facebook or the email list.

Check to make sure the refrigerator/freezer and the bread shed doors are closed securely.

Also please return grain jars and lids to the drop sites when empty so they can be refilled.

 

NOTE: The 1235 River Road site is on hold. The owner will be out of town for most of the summer, so we’ve agreed that it’s best to wait until fall. Stay tuned to the email list and Facebook group for updates on where to pick up in Eugene.

 

Sites are open for visits from dawn to dusk, unless noted below:

 

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St., 8 am to 8 pm 

Bread, vegetables, and other items are in the bread barn to the left of the driveway. The carport is no longer in use. Video tour: https://youtu.be/SDfXdU3RvCA

 

South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Look in the little cabinet by the front door. Video tour: https://youtu.be/vW81TJMcyjs

 

Springfield: 2445 Laralee St., 7 am to 9 pm
Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage. Video tour: https://youtu.be/iKMg0CuNnQE

 

Springfield: 845 25th Place

Bread and grains, beans, and dry goods on the right side of the house. Park on the street. 

Video tour: https://youtu.be/H62bApo9OzQ

 

Thurston (Springfield): 5972 Mt. Vernon

Open 9 am to 8 pm daily. It is at the end of a long shared driveway. Park on the street facing down hill or park on the left side of the driveway. Be careful not to block the neighbors. You can block the host. Video tour:

https://youtu.be/rppXutoQR6g

 

Junction City: 93963 Pitney Lane

Bread and other items are on the back porch in the two cupboards and the refrigerator. There’s currently a variety of bread and lots of vegetables. 

 

Delivered this past week:

Tomatoes, kale, cauliflower, cucumbers, broccoli, summer squash, kohlrabi, cabbage, and more thanks to Organic Redneck and Laurelwood Academy. Produce is available at 3150 Kevington as well as at the drop sites.

 

Sliced loaves, English muffins, and buns thanks to regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, Winco, and Lox, Stocks, and Bagels. Also sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen at 1242 Garfield. Assorted snacks and deli items from anonymous donors.

Check the shelves for assorted grains and beans (thanks to Ly Le and Barbara DiJeannine for keeping the grain shelves stocked!). 

 

Bottle Drop Blue Bags are available at the Springfield and Eugene drop sites: 2445 Laralee and 1242 Garfield. When you’ve filled it with returnable bottles and cans, bring it back to the drop site or deliver directly to a nearby Bottle Drop. 

Thank you to the Drop Site Clean Team for keeping everything clean and organized!

 

HELP WANTED

Help build a foundation for a food shed:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2891638437756417/

 

We need a team of people who are willing to tag a list of people on a post. Brandy will PM you the URL of the post and the list of people to tag in a comment(s) and you do the rest.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2893987577521503/

 

Not sure what job is best for you? Join Rose Jacobs for new member orientation–dates to be determined soon. Comment here on whether you’d prefer a live meeting or Zoom:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2894637387456522/

 

GLEANER YARD SIGNS

Gleaner signs will be ready as soon as the H-frames arrive. Sign up here if you’d like to get one:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2869783826608545

 

SPICE OF THE WEEK

Johnny’s Seasoning Salt is now  available at 1242 Garfield thanks to Kathryn Barnes! Currently there is turmeric, taco seasoning, onion powder, granulated garlic, dried chives and Johnny’s Seasoning. It’s in a box to the right, under the grains, at the bottom of the shelf. 

 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Want to learn to can? Join Brandy Collier for one-on-one sessions:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2893217720931822/

 

Interesting article on expiration dates and food wsste:

https://www.vox.com/22559293/food-waste-expiration-label-best-before

 

Add your name here if you can help with this year’s peach buy:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2884511871802407/

 

Comment here if you’re interested in joining a tuna buy later this summer:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2884595588460702/

 

Stevie Miller has more meat available for purchase:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2887432128177048/

 

Rose Jacobs is working on a gleaner cookbook and needs more recipes in these categories:

  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Vegetarian / Vegan main dishes
  • Vegetable Sides

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2887540164832911/

 

 

DROP SITE NEEDS 

Used canning lids and rings, both small and wide mouth, are needed for distribution of grains and dried foods. You can leave at the Garfield drop site, along with empty jars. Please hold off on dropping plastic containers for the grain project—there are currently plenty on hand.

 

Unused paper lunch bags and plastic bread bags are needed to package bagels for Lox, Stock, and Bagels. If you can help, please leave your package at 1242 Garfield.

 

ONGOING FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

Amazon Smile. If you use Amazon, check your settings to make sure qualifying purchases are counted toward donations to the Gleaners. In the Accounts & Lists tab on your Amazon page, select Your AmazonSmile, search for Eugene Area Gleaners, and add it as your Smile charity. Then when you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com. Or use this link to automatically credit the Gleaners:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2956914

 

Gleaner stickers. Help raise funds and represent the gleaners with this 2” x 6” sticker! Stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Order here:

https://eugeneareagleaners.com/product/eag-bumper-sticker/

If you would like to donate a sticker to another gleaner unable to buy one, you can do so below—write “donation” in the comment section. If you cannot afford a sticker but would like one, request one below (all donation stickers are sent out as they are provided by generous members of our community):

https://forms.gle/ufARZrwjbzfs6okx7

 

Fred Meyer. If you have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you can designate a percentage of every purchase you make to the Eugene Area Gleaners. Go to 

https://www.fredmeyer.com/i/community/community-rewards

New users will need to create an account, which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a Rewards Card.

If you don’t have a Rewards Card, you can get one at the customer service desk at any Fred Meyer. Once logged into your Fred Meyer account, search for Eugene Area Gleaners either by name or LF227 and then click Enroll.

 

ABOUT THE GLEANERS

Here is the link to the Gleaner Handbook:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D_LsanTJgCD0dd-d7RhHLoK4MJtVyecQb4z-22KmB6w/edit?usp=sharing

 

To help you find what you need, below are the various Facebook groups associated with the Eugene Area Gleaners. 

Eugene Area Gleaners main group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners

Eugene Area Gleaners public page: https://www.facebook.com/EugeneAreaGleaners

EAG Board of Directors: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagbod/

EAG Drop Site Hosts & Transporters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagdropsite/

EAG Glean Leaders: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eaggls

EAG Butcher’s Block: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagmeat/

EAG BST & Traveling Boxes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugspf4free

EAG Auction Planning: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagauction

EAG Fundraising Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/163647294468495

EAG Grant Writing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eaggrants