City Fruit stewards and harvests urban fruit trees to support sustainable and equitable access to fruit. City Fruit was founded in 2008 to harvest excess fruit from Seattle’s public and private fruit trees, and in recent years, has recognized that reclaiming the urban orchard begins with helping tree owners and public orchardists grow healthy fruit. Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource, yet often preventable disease and pests hinder fruit production or orchardists and tree owners are unsure of how to prune or steward their trees to maximize the potential for abundant fruit growth. City Fruit works to protect urban fruit trees from pests and mismanagement, and provides assistance in harvesting, preserving, and sharing fruit among neighbors.
City Fruit’s holistic approach at our urban fruit forest focuses on caring for the trees and training others to do so, harvesting and distributing this fruit through efforts that reinforce food justice and dignity, and seeking ways to create long-term sustainability of fruit.
The harvest is almost here! Volunteer as a Neighborhood Ambassador!
If you want to get hands-on experience working with fruit trees and being part of our urban food system, but can only commit a few hours a week, this volunteer role is for you!
We hope to have 1-2 Ambassadors in the Seattle neighborhoods where fruit trees are most prevalent. Neighborhood Ambassadors are asked to commit at least 3 hours per week to harvesting for 10 weeks from mid-to-late July to early September. Neighborhood Ambassadors are assigned trees to harvest from on a weekly basis, and then find time to harvest the assigned tree(s) by the end of the week. Fruit then gets delivered to the food bank serving your local neighborhood. While most of the work is independent, Neighborhood Ambassadors are part of our community of harvesters and staff and may participate in group harvests in local orchards. They are invited to participate in our community outreach events, and are valued members of our team.
We’d love to hear from you! For general inquiries or questions about internship opportunities please contact [email protected]. To join the City Fruit community as a volunteer, contact [email protected].
City Fruit is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. This includes engaging staff, board members, interns, and volunteers in conversations about institutional racism and how our work can be aligned to resist and disrupt practices rooted in white supremacy and racism. We value and welcome the diverse array of lived-experiences, perspectives, values, and identities that individuals carry with them.