On Saturday, March 29th, at 9 am, Harvest Sacramento will host a neighborhood gleaning located near the Colonial Heights Branch of the Sacramento Public Library. Harvest Sacramento is a local organization that strives to “provide the opportunity for those in need to support themselves.” (soilborn.org)
During the neighborhood gleaning, volunteers will visit the surrounding community to harvest the citrus fruit from fruit trees located in the front and backyards of homes where residents have given consent. The majority of the harvested fruit will be donated to non-profit organizations, such as the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, to volunteers, and to families in need.
Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms, is “a collaborative effort of area residents, non-profits, community groups and businesses that harvest surplus fruit and vegetables from backyards and small orchards and donate it to local food assistance agencies.” (soilborn.org) In 2013, over 50,000 pounds of fruit were harvested from Sacramento and surrounding regions. Volunteers of all ages are welcomed to participate in Harvest Sacramento gleanings year-round. Find more information about this “edible city initiative” here.
This Saturday, volunteers will meet at the Colonial Heights Library (4799 Stockton Boulevard) to overview plans for the gleaning, before heading off to various harvest sites. All gleaning materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sunglasses, gloves, water, a light snack, and a container for bringing home fruit. After the gleaning, volunteers will return to the Colonial Heights Library to enjoy a lunch of vegetarian soup, bread, and salad, provided by Soil Born Farms.
For more information or to reserve a free ticket, visit eventbrite.com. Spots are limited. All volunteers are required to bring a signed volunteer waiver, available here. For any questions or concerns, contact Dominic Allamano at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Soil Born Farms, click here