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Applewood Hills Golf Course

November 7, 2012

Gleaning apples for the MN food shelves has been as much about building relationships as it has been about the fruit and food shelves.  Here’s an example that was a special part of the year for Fruits of the City and the first in a series of short stories:

Applewood Hills Golf Course: From the beginning of our planning conversations back in May/June, golf professional John Scanlan targeted early October as harvest time for the apple trees at this picturesque golf course near Stillwater, even though we knew the apples were coming two weeks earlier this year.  Nevertheless, I kept in touch with him during the months leading up to the time when we actually set the date.  After a successful gleaning with 12 adults and 8 kids on Oct. 2, we were granted a follow-up picking, something we asked for because of both the exceptional quality of the fruit and the number of apples still left on the many trees.  When we had the opportunity to meet John personally that day and thank him, he said that next year we should maybe come in September.  I sensed that his response was due to the maturing of our relationship, consistent communication and attention to detail in planning that he observed, and our respectful treatment of the golf course.  We had earned his trust.  Coming closer to the peak ripening of the apples next year will leave fewer on the grounds of the course and no doubt impact the yield for the food shelves.  An amazingly beautiful place to do this important work!

Bill Hughes
Orchards and Gleaning Coordinator
Fruits of the City
The Minnesota Project

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