Take a glimpse at the Sacramento’s own healthy food movement taking rounds from the Sacramento Harvest organization. This event brought many people together to work and go out to pick trees for fruit.
This video contains a recap of the Hurley Way Harvest event, as well a an interview with Dominic Allamano, and a home owner who allowed the volunteers to pick fruit from trees on her house.
When Harvest Sacramento hosts a fruit collection event, the community and the team of volunteers involved in the effort, all benefit.
Harvest Sacramento, created by Soil Born Farms, is a project designed to take unwanted fruit and distribute it back into the local community. The next couple of fruit gatherings, or “gleanings”, will occur on January 16th and 21st.
Harvest Sacramento is a collaborative effort between residents, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations including Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to bring food to the community. The next gathering will be on 34th street, at the Edible Sacramento High School. This event will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on January 16th. Another event at the Colonial Heights Library will be held in January on the 21st, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. To find out more about the upcoming events, interested residents can check out Harvest Sacramento’s Facebook page here.
The fruit itself comes from generous donors who allow the volunteers of Harvest Sacramento to come and glean their fruit. The gleaned fruit from the local fruit trees is distributed to the volunteers, residents, and given to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. This ensures that none of the fruit goes to waste.
No matter the age, anyone who is wanting and able can contribute to Harvest Sacramento’s efforts.
“It’s all ages,” says Dominic Allamono, Program Coordinator for Harvest Sacramento. “We’ve had 2 year olds and 92 year olds in the same group before.”
Anyone who would like to know more about the organization can check out Soil Born Farms website here.
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Get down and dirty and give birth to new life! Sacramento is just the place to do that with volunteer opportunities that’ll make a difference in your community. It’s time to dig into your green side and plant a tree or two!
Harvest Sacramento, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association invite you to volunteer your time and attend their first South Sacramento Neighborwoods event on Saturday, April 23rd from 8:30 am to 2pm at Peter Burnett Elementary School on 36th Avenue.
With help of Soil Born Farms, Harvest Sacramento has been working hard in communities throughout this city by holding harvesting events and harvesting citrus and various fruit from homes with fruit trees and donating them to the Sacramento Food Bank to be distributed to people be in need. Harvest Sacramento now adds a new chapter in their development to better communities in need with their Neighborwoods program.
“Harvest Sacramento holds really organized and fun events,” says Ronnie Swinburn, a recent program attendee. “I recently attended a citrus harvesting event and got to harvest fruit with a bunch of other amazing volunteers. I think this event will be just as fun as the citrus event I attended, but this time they’ll be planting life.”
The event, “Neighborwoods: ROOTing for a Better Tomorrow” will be held to revitalize and energize areas in Sacramento, with a main focus in South Sacramento by cleaning up greenery, revitalizing gardens, and planting trees in Fruitridge Manor and Peter Burnett Elementary School.
The event will run in two sections, with the first section from 8:30am to 11:45 am where volunteers will clean up the school garden and mulch and plant trees. The second section will be held from 12pm to 2pm with provided lunch and fun activities like face painting, arts and crafts, and informational booths for more info on events just like this one.
The program reaches out to all ages and everyone of Sacramento to help kickoff this new program to revitalize a community and school in need. Volunteer some of your time to a good cause and come out to this amazing event!
For more information on this event and others follow “Harvest Sacramento” on Facebook. Root for a change and get your green thumb on!
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On Saturday, March 26th, Sacramento Charter High-School in alliance with Soil Born Farms hosted a event called Harvest Sacramento where organizations, local people and youth of all ages were encouraged to come and pair up into teams and head into the neighborhoods. The featuring neighborhoods were North Oak Park, Midtown, East Sacramento, and many more from all over Sacramento County.
Each group had a specific neighborhood to harvest from and carpooled to the many registered local homes. Then the owner of the property which the tree was on was able to decide whether they wanted to keep or donate all of their fruit from their overbearing trees to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services for those in need of fresh fruit.
Harvest Sacramento also gives anyone who participates take home boxes of different type of citrus like grapefruit, oranges, lemons and tangerines for their own selves, families, friends and or community centers. With the efforts of everyone who collaborated on this day during this recent event, they had reached the amount of a little more than 4,000 lbs of fruit.
“I’ve lead individual harvest groups and have participated in the picking its exciting,” said Melanie Weir, program participant. “Whenever I come out I always meet interesting and awesome people that are inspirational.”
In this video, I got an interview with Dominic Allamano at a one of his community volunteer events for the program Harvest Sacramento along with footage of volunteers who attended the event.
Recently, Harvest Sacramento and community leaders came together to go out harvest fruit from different communities across Sacramento. Harvest Sacramento is a project of Soil Born Farms, whose goal is to collaborate with community partners, businesses, and nonprofits to harvest excess fruit and get it out to those who need, whether that be by donating the fruit to the local food bank or passing fruit out to residents.
First, the Harvest leaders spoke about the organization and what was the agenda for the day. Then, the participants broke into groups according to the neighborhoods. The groups introduced themselves to the Harvest leader, if they didn’t already know him. After, the participants introduced themselves, the leaders briefed them on the plan. Each group had a specific neighborhood to harvest from. Among the neighborhoods were: South Oak Park, Midtown, East Sacramento, and many more. The groups proceeded to get their tools, among the tools were ladders, small and large picker poles, buckets, and gloves.
The locations were given to all the drivers and the groups rolled out. The Harvest leader called the owner of the property which the tree was on. The owner was able to whether they wanted to keep or donate all of their fruit on their trees. Different type of citrus was harvest like grapefruit, oranges, lemons, tangerines. After all the harvesting was done, the participants and leaders shared a meal, also the experiences they had throughout the day.
Harvest Sacramento strives to collect fruit which would probably have gone to waste. If you would like to more information about Harvest Sacramento, click here: http://www.soilborn.org/index.php/food-access/harvest-sacramento.html or click here to register for the next harvest: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-sacramento-citrus-harvest-in-rancho-cordova-tickets-15118413582
With the help of a local organization called Soil Born Farms, community members interested in gardening now have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn more about gardening for free.
Thursday July 24th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Oak Park Sol Community Gardens, Soil Born Farms will host a Seed Starting Party to help local residents get an early start on fall gardening.
Randy Stannard, consultant for Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms, has high hopes for the event.
“This is built around community engagement and community building, and it’s a simple way for people to get together around a tangible event,” Stannard comments. “It pulls together like-minded people that are interested in gardening. One of our main interests is building those relationships so people know neighbors who have an interest in gardening, and then some of those relationships continue to build.”
The Seed Starting Party will help both beginning and experienced gardeners to get a start on their fall crops, by beginning with seeds.
“It’s a reminder and a good opportunity for people to start [gardening] directly from seed, and to start getting into the rhythm of gardening at home,” Stannard continues.
Participants can expect to get hands-on experience as they learn, as well as discover more information regarding typical and atypical gardening methods.
“The primary activity we’ll be doing is starting a majority of the fall crop seeds. We will expect to collect seeds and go through the process of a seed propagation,” says Stannard. “Then the discussion will be around really basic plant propagation, probably talking about a concept called succession planting. For example, at this time of year instead of planting tomatoes one time and waiting until they’re ripe, in succession planting you would plant every three or four weeks so that you have a larger window of a harvest-able crop available to you.”
For more information about the event, contact Stannard at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. All community members are encouraged to attend.
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