backyard harvest

Honor the transformational legacy of Dr. King with a day of positive action, community building and the sharing of good food!

Join Harvest Sacramento, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, The Oak Park Neighborhood Association, the California Food Literacy Center, the BHC Hub and Soil Born Farms for an afternoon community citrus harvest and a shared meal at the Oak Park Community Center.

This special MLK Day event will be held in the afternoon, following the Capital March for the Dream.

This is a fruit harvesting event.

Volunteers will be placed into groups of 5-10 people with a trained harvest group leader. Each group will receive a list of 3-5 tree sites to harvest, and will be provided with all necessary harvesting materials, including gloves, picker-poles, ladders, clippers and boxes.

Volunteers will carpool to each site and ideally be able to transport tools and harvested fruit between sites and then back to our initial meeting. 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.

COMMUNITY MEAL: We will be serving a simple meal after the harvest to share our experiences and meet fellow volunteers from the other harvest groups.

YOUTH: 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 one here –

– 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

Questions? Contact Dominic Allamano, Harvest Sacramento Coordinator, at or (916) 572-6646

Learn more about Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms –

Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help harvest fruit for donation to local food banks. Sign up here: