Project participants with Harvest Sacramento glean fruit from front and backyard trees as well as orchards throughout the greater Sacramento area. The majority of their harvesting happens within the city limits of Sacramento, but they also will harvest groups of trees in outlying areas such as Rosemont, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Wilton, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Citrus Heights and Carmichael.
Harvest Sacramento collects all types of fruits and nuts year-round, and also will harvests vegetables it some cases. Their primary standard is to only harvest food that they themselves would feel good about eating.
A large majority of the food gets donated to local food assistance agencies. Volunteers are encouraged to take a portion of the fruit home to their family and some fruit will be used to create value-added products such as jams and jellies to help fund the project.
Some of the primary agencies receiving fruit donations include Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, River City Food Bank, Rancho Cordova Food Locker, and Food Not Bombs.
On January 12th, 2013, Harvest Sacramento will have a gleaming event in Tahoe Park. This is a fruit harvesting event. Volunteers will be groups of 5-10 with a trained harvest leader. Each group will have a list of 3-5 tree sites (depending on the number and size of trees at each site) and will be provided with all necessary harvesting materials, including gloves, picker-poles, ladders, clippers and boxes.
Afterward, a simple lunch made of a hearty vegetarian soup, bread and salad will be held and participants will get a chance to share their experiences and meet fellow volunteers in other groups.
It is extremely helpful if each group has a pick-up truck or van to help transport materials and fruit, so if you have this type of vehicle and are willing to allow the use of it, we would be grateful.
Young children (3-10 yrs old) are welcome to join us, but will be asked to focus their energy on sorting, packing and transporting the fruit. Children under the age of 15 are required to have supervision from a parent/guardian, while youth 15-17 can attend without adult supervision, but must have a volunteer waiver signed by their parent/guardian.
- Signed Soil Born Farms volunteer waiver (we will have copies available at the event or download from link above).
- Closed toed shoes and clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions of the day.
- Sunglasses, gloves, bag/box to take home some fruit
- Water bottle and light snack
To sign up for this event link on this link. To share your fruit tree for this project, click on this link.
Learn more about Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms here. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help harvest fruit for donation to local food banks.