Scion Exchange & ForestR Forum

1pm to 4pm

Tuesday's event will be focused on scion exchange and seed sharing for spring planting.

Thursday's event will focused on sharing information (and discussion) on the ForestR family of programs:

Join the ForestR team for a Tuesday Scion Exchange & Thursday Information Forum.

Neighbors are welcome to join our team members at the Castro Valley Library on either (or both) days. To share your support, ask questions, or spark discussions around the ForestR permaculture practices and programs.
ForestRFeeds: Gleaning is Giving
By Grazyna Fedorowicz, ForestRFeeds Director

The U.S. throws away well over 100 billion pounds of food each year, wasting up to 20 percent of America’s entire food supply. At the same time, 49 million people, including more than 16 million children, are at risk of going hungry. The most reliable way to strengthen food security is for local communities to build our own strong and resilient local and regional food systems.

ForestRFeeds is the food security strategy of ForestR, which includes vegetable seedling giveaways, a 1,500 packet seed bank, a fruit gleaning program, and gardening and food security education. In the future, we plan to add harvest exchanges and food forest pocket parks.

Our gleaning program harvests several hundred pounds of excess produce each week, on average, from neighbors with fruit trees, for donation to local food banks. This prevents food waste, while providing healthy food to struggling families.

Since March of 2020, we have recaptured almost 10,000 pounds of fruit from neighborhood trees and diverted it to food banks. In 2020, a gleaning team of 2-4 volunteers averaged one harvest a week and donated 2,800 lbs of produce to food banks. In 2021, we averaged 1.4 harvests per week, and donated 6,850 lbs of produce so far. We aim to double those results in 2022. The gleaning program is limited only by the number of produce donors and gleaners we can recruit, train, organize, and manage.

We hope to expand all of our ForestRFeeds initiatives next year and over the next five years. We envision Gleaning Guilds, VeggiePaloozas, Seed Banks, Food Forest Pocket Parks, and an expansion of home gardens in every town in the Bay Area and beyond. We envision adding vegetable gleaning to the program from farmers markets, small farms, and wholesale produce recovery. And we also plan to undertake food justice advocacy to address the food desert problem in urban areas.

To volunteer or seek a green gig with ForestRFeeds, register here, and we'll get in touch.

To offer or help raise a directed donation, visit and share the ForestRFeeds GoFundMe at

What is Permaculture?
By Kavi Reddy, Director of ForestRDesigns

Permaculture is a lifestyle and practice of stewarding our human communities and natural ecosystems in a way that meets everyone’s needs today and leaves behind an abundant world for future generations.

Compared to a sustainability mindset, where the goal is ‘to do no harm’, Permaculture takes a regenerative approach to rehabilitate the ecological health of a place and all the trees, plants, animals, bugs, and humans sharing the land. If we took care of Earth in a way that could continue forever, we could call it a PERMAnent CULTURE aka Permaculture

The term “Permaculture” was coined by Australians Bill Mollison & David Holmgren in 1978 with a key emphasis on a whole systems thinking approach to designing agricultural systems (including our own small gardens) based on patterns in nature. An integral foundation of Permaculture is the bio-regionally specific input of traditional ecological knowledge by indigenous land-based communities across the world today. While techniques of Permaculture change from place to place, the ethics of designing abundant systems that are resilient, self-maintaining, and lovable align us all.

For us at Forestr, Permaculture is inherent to our vision as an organization and the activities we do, from workshops to design projects to seed exchanges, and gleaning services for our East Bay neighbors. Permaculture also comes to life through our organizational practices of paying volunteers for the time they invest into Forestr, so that volunteering and working with us is accessible for everyone, not just those who can afford to donate time for free.

To learn more about Permaculture, check out this short 5-minute video in which Bill Mollison and David Holmgren explain the concept: If you want to chat more about Permaculture, feel free to reach out to us at

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