Meet City Fruit’s Summer VISTA and Interns!

Pictured from left to right, Sam Maylor, Ethan Davis, and Allie Andrade have joined the City Fruit office this summer, focusing on a variety of projects to help build City Fruit’s capacity.


Both Environmental Studies majors at the University of Washington, Sam and Allie will be working with City Fruit as part of their senior capstone project. Sam will be assisting with annual harvest efforts, while Allie will be focusing on community outreach. Together they will write a series of impact briefs that connect City Fruit’s work with larger issues and policy.

Ethan is an IT major at Portland State University, home to enjoy the summer in his native Wallingford neighborhood! An AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Ethan will be working to develop maps of Seattle’s public orchards, and has already mapped and measured the trees at Meridian Park!

We asked our interns some very important questions to get to know them a little better:

Favorite fruit: A tie between yellow peaches and watermelon
Favorite summer activity: Kayaking
Highlight so far at City Fruit:
A highlight so far was tabling at the Wallingford Farmer’s Market. I really enjoyed the chance to interact with one of the communities that City Fruit works in. I was able to meet many community members who already were involved with the organization in one way or another as well as talk with those unfamiliar with City Fruit about why City Fruit is important in their neighborhood and how they can get involved.

Favorite fruit: Peaches
Favorite summer activity: Playing outdoor sports in the sun
Highlight so far at City Fruit: 
Getting to explore the orchards around the city.

Favorite fruit
: Mangoes
Favorite summer activity: Going to music festivals
Highlight so far at City Fruit: 
Harvesting loquats! Loquats were awesome – they were super easy to pick, super tasty, and they’re really bright orange so when you pick a whole tree of them you can see what you’ve done really clearly.

Keep an eye out this summer for Ethan in one of Seattle’s public orchards, Allie at outreach events, and Sam on a ladder in your backyard!

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