Get to Know Us! Some Q&A with Julian Garcia, Fruit Tree Extraordinaire

Why did you want to join City Fruit?
I am thrilled to be a part of a team that is doing everything that we can to better distribute healthy and often underutilized food to local communities. Our food system is such a complex network of resources, producers, and consumers, which makes distribution extremely challenging. I’m excited to help find effective solutions that will connect all people to the amazing fruit that grows all over Seattle.

Talk to us about caring for trees…
I have been happy as can be that I’m able to work outside and be up in trees all day long. I also really enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with tree owners during my visits. I have always been an avid learner, so when people are interested in learning about their fruit trees, it makes me love my job even more.

You’re scaling trees and sawing branches right now. What’s the hardest part?
The rainy days have been the hardest. Although, I haven’t had to work through the rain too much yet, which is quite the mystery. I know there will be many more to come. 

What are you looking forward to this year?
I can’t wait for the harvest season of course! I’m also really looking forward to meeting and working alongside volunteers.

Any fruit that makes you happy?
For sure figs! I enjoy them straight off the tree, dried, or in a jelly. The first time that I tried figs as a kid out at my grandparents’ house, I must have eaten 15 or 20 of them. My stomach wasn’t too happy then, but I still love them to this day.