EAG Newsletter 2-15-2021

By Sara Ferris

EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 2-15-2021

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2020 CLOSEOUT

If you haven’t already, please turn in your glean leader reports to Susan Chapen, any 2020 tax receipts to Julie Tafoya, and any tax receipt requests for mileage or donations to Julie.

BUTCHER BLOCK GROUP

Reminder: Join the Butcher Block Facebook subgroup (or email eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com to be added to the meat request list) for discussion on all things meat (hunting, fishing, harvesting, etc.). There’s currently a turkey glean in the works.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagmeat

AT THE DROP SITES

IMPORTANT: For our tax records, please make sure you are signing out what you take! And please be specific—write 2 sliced, 1 buns, 1 bag bagels, etc., rather than just “bread.”

Garfield bread barn will be locked between 8 pm and 8 am daily.

Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided when visiting a drop site. Take only what you need, and only one sweet item per family. Also be sure to note what you take (be specific) on the sign-out sheet.

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.

NEW! Junction City: 93953 Pitney Lane

Springfield: 2445 Laralee St.

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.

South Eugene: 2830 Potter

Welcome back, Groundworks Organic! Look in the bins and fridge for potatoes, onions, various mixed greens, and more. Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer before touching the produce.

Drop sites also have sliced loaves, sweets, hot dog buns, bagels, cinnamon bread, and English muffins from regular donors Orowheat, Bread Stop, Winco, and Lox, Stock, and Bagels.

1242 Garfield: Sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen (and the LSB bagels) are in the bread shed because the fridge is full (deli items, etc.). Signout sheet is in the shed on second shelf at eye level. Please sign out what you take from the shed, fridge, and carport area.

2445 Laralee: Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage. Check the fridge for bananas, a few nonfat milks, and some chopped green peppers in the freezer (please be sure to close the door so they don’t thaw).

2830 Potter: Look in the little cabinet by the front door.

93953 Pitney Lane: bread is on the back porch on metal shelves.

HELP WANTED FOR VEGGIE PICKUPS

Marie Summers is looking for people who can help pick up Groundworks Organic every Sunday at 3:50 p.m. and deliver to the Springfield drop site. (Time may change to 4:50 p.m. later in the growing season). Every-other-week or monthly rotation is possible if enough people are interested. More details here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2791815637738698/

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program is hosting the Sixth Annual Dry Farming Collaborative (DFC) Winter Meeting on February 25 from 10am – 5pm. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom and is open to growers, plant breeders, educators and agricultural professionals interested in learning about crop production with little to no irrigation. This event is FREE to attend. Registration is required to receive the webinar link, and there is limited capacity. For agenda, additional details, and to register, visit https://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/dry-farming

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic has gone remote! Send a phone or email message with your questions about weeds, diseases, insects, or whatever, and a master gardener will respond:

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/events/master-gardener-plant-clinic

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

If you’re looking to buy or sell Girl Scout Cookies, check this Facebook thread for links to digital cookie sites:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2775412922712303/

Pisgah Organic Starts is providing Sugar Snap Peas and also other spring plants (parsley, kale, chard, arugula, spinach, scallions, plus cabbage and broccoli later on) as available at their farm on Seavey Loop Road at wholesale prices ($2.50 for six-packs, $2.00 for singles). See original post for more details:

https://www.facebook.com/charles.stewart.56808/posts/10222278266898566

DROP SITE NEEDS

Paper lunch bags needed to package bagels for Lox, Stock, and Bagels. If you can help, please leave your package at 1242 Garfield and note that in the comments on this post:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2758255217761407/

All food items must be 6 inches or more off the ground, so we are looking for 1 x 6 boards to create a platform for the veggie bins at the drop sites.  If you can help out, comment here or email Marie Summers eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2748412878745641/

FUNDRAISING

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

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.

BottleDrop Blue Bags.  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. You can also donate money to the Gleaners from a regular green bag account.

Gleaner Stickers. 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:

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

CONNECTION OPTIONS

If you are taking a temporary or permanent break from Facebook, be sure to join the email list to receive notifications about gleans, drops, and other news. To join the list, email: eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com