Fruit trees throughout the Mission Valley are enjoyed by both bears and humans. This juicy treat can entice bears into close proximity to homes and yards when fruit is not harvested from trees and orchards near living structures. To reduce black and grizzly bear conflicts in the area, we are implementing a new Fruit Gleaning Program (@MissionValleyFruitGleaning) to connect those interested in harvesting fruit to preserve, press into cider, or donate to local food banks. We will be kicking off the harvesting season with a fun, outdoor festival to introduce the Fruit Gleaning Program and provide stations with information on bear awareness and safety, food sovereignty, fun wildlife facts for kids, as well as have Cider Presses available for you to bring and press your own cider while learning about the benefits of reducing fruit on the landscape!
There will be instructor led demonstrations on how to properly carry and dispense bear spray, as well as provide easy and safe ways to harvest fruit from trees at: 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM
Join us and learn about the new fruit gleaning program, bring some apples and press some cider, or visit one of the food truck vendors that will be available!