Seattle may be the only urban environment in the U.S. that can still boast having an extensive network of orchards containing an assortment of heirloom varieties planted by early settlers to the region.
–Audrey Lieberworth, Seattle’s Orchards: A Historic Legacy Meets Modern Sustainability
Mission and History
City Fruit harvests from and stewards urban fruit trees
to support sustainable and equitable access to fruit.
Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource. City Fruit started because tree owners did not have the avenues to share excess fruit and community members were not aware that they could harvest from public orchards. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit with neighbors, and work to protect public fruit trees.
City Fruit started in late 2008 when founder Gail Savina organized a group of like-minded people who were interested in trying to redirect Seattle’s excess fruit from waste. City Fruit now manages this incredible resource holistically, focusing on education, stewardship, food policy, and sustainability, in addition to the harvesting and equitable distribution of the fruit.
City Fruit has grown from a dedicated group of volunteers to an independent non-profit organization with access to over 7,000 fruit trees & vines and four core staff located in the Fremont neighborhood.
Not from the Seattle area? Check out the National Gleaning Project’s map of different food justice and gleaning organizations across the country!
Core Organizational Goals
Join communities together in celebration of hyper-local fruit.
Contribute to the growth of our local, community-driven food system.
In partnership with community, co-design education and skill-training opportunities related to urban agriculture.
Promote the stewardship and care of our urban fruit canopy year-round.
As inhabitants of Seattle, all of us at City Fruit live, work, and play on the traditional shared lands of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Suquamish, Duwamish, Nisqually, Snoqualmie, and Muckleshoot tribal nations. We are continuing to learn how to decolonize our mindsets and practices, and envision our work in food justice as a means to challenge the exploitative processes of our current food system.
Click here to learn more about the traditional lands you are on.