Volunteering

GIVE: City Fruit Needs Volunteers and Fruit Trees for Upcoming Harvest

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From City Fruit:

Every year in August and September, Seattle sidewalks and yards are littered with perfectly good fruit dropped from residential trees that no one was able to harvest.  Meanwhile, some of our neighbors face persistent food insecurity and poor nutrition from lack of fresh produce.

City Fruit harvests fruit from residential trees in South Seattle and donates it to local organizations serving people in need. City-grown fruit is an important resource that needs to be stewarded and used to feed people our community.

City Fruit is now gearing up for the 2011 harvests, and there are three ways you can help:

  • Volunteer to help harvest. This is a fun, social, volunteer opportunity—great for families and everyone else! The time commitment is flexible, since harvests happen daytime, evenings, and weekends, and you can sign up the week before a harvest. All new and returning volunteers should attend the Volunteer Info Meeting on Tues., July 19, 6:45-7:45 pm at the Columbia City Library. If you cannot make the meeting, contact info@cityfruit.org.
  • Donate your fruit. If you have a fruit tree that you can’t harvest or use all of the fruit, City Fruit can harvest and donate the fruit. Volunteers typically leave a small box of fruit for the residents, and you can help harvest if you’d like. You can also harvest your own tree and donate the extras yourself—find a list of donation sites on the City Fruit website at www.cityfruit.org.
  • Become a member. It costs about $1 to harvest one pound of fruit, so the support of members is critical. Members receive one free class and $5 off additional classes. Joining online is easy and secure using Paypal.

Volunteers and fruit tree owners can contact the harvest coordinator at info@cityfruit.org. The South Seattle harvest is south of I-90 and east of I-5, up to the City limits.  Other organizations harvest in other parts of Seattle. If you live in another part of Seattle, contact the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 or help@gardenhotline.org to have your tree harvested.

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