Last harvest season City Fruit donated 36,247 lbs of fruit to local food banks and Seattle communities. This fruit was gleaned from public orchards and our Seattle neighbor’s own backyards! This year City Fruit is looking for Harvest Leads who will assist in gleaning fruit from local neighborhoods. City Fruit will work with each individual volunteer’s preferences and availability to make a positive impact in our community this harvest season.
What is a Harvest Lead?
Harvest leads assist City Fruit during the harvest season with residential fruit harvests. Interested volunteers will help our Harvest Managers in Seattle neighborhoods picking and delivering fruit to food banks.
Volunteers may take on harvesting responsibilities by:
- Harvesting alone or in groups
- Leading volunteer harvests
- Delivering fruit to local food banks
- Assisting the Harvest Managers during their harvests
- Other ways that benefit our local community!
Harvest Lead Spotlight - Phil Hecht
"The volunteer harvests are rewarding on many different levels. You get to meet some incredible people, share experiences, talk trees, and maybe even get a new recipe! The experience of being outdoors, having fun, and helping those in need is priceless. Assisting the Harvest Manager in the deliveries to food banks is when it truly hits home. Fresh fruit, which I often take for granted, is greeted with overwhelming appreciation. It is moving and motivating."
Phil has worked with City Fruit since 2014, leading harvests, taking on fruit deliveries, and even hosting City Fruit's Young Tree Care Pruning Class in his own backyard.