The Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project is working hard to create an environment that supports more local food consumption and healthy food education for the residents of Sacramento. In the next few weeks, three events will highlight their efforts, and you can be a part of them.

On Sunday, March 11th, volunteers are needed to walk the neighborhood of South Oak Park in order to look for fruit trees and talk with tree owners. Participants will meet at Christian Brothers High School parking lot located at 4315 MLK Jr. Blvd at 2 PM. Tree sites identified on this day will be harvested during an upcoming event. Information will be distributed to residents concerning the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, Ubuntu Green’s Garden Build project, and locations in South Sacramento to use EBT to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

Then, on Saturday, March 17th from 9am to 1pm, volunteers will be harvesting citrus fruit from residental trees that would have otherwise gone unharvested. Interested parties should meet at Elmo Slider Clubhouse at 7815 35th Ave in Baer Park. This event is being co-coordinated by Soil Born Farms’ Harvest Sacramento, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, Root Causes and local resident, Stephanie Francis. Residents from within the community are encouraged to come out and help harvest fruit.

Lastly, on Saturday, March 24th, teams will again go into the Oak Park community to harvest fruit that could have otherwise gone to waste. Volunteers will again meet at 9 am in the Christian Brothers High School parking lot.  Soil Born Farms’ Harvest Sacramento, Oak Park Neighborhood Association, Fresh Producers and local residents, Steven Root and Heather Haight are collaborating on this event.

Harvesting this fruit in particular serves many purposes:

1. It helps out the tree owners who for many reasons are unable to harvest their trees

2. An under utilized resource (fruit) is utilized to meet an unmet need (healthy food for the community).

3. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and enjoy the accomplishment of shared work within the community where they live.

All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to take fruit home for their families and all excess fruit will be offered to community residents or donated to Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.  Randy Stannard, Project Coordinator for Harvest Sacramento, is asking volunteers to register in advance by calling (530) 204-8082 or emailing rstannard@soilborn.org.