Who We Are

(Image description: up close shot of a plum tree, sunlight glinting on the leaves and fruit)

Mission and History

City Fruit’s mission is to harvest and steward urban fruit trees to support sustainable and equitable access to fruit.

City Fruit started in 2008 when founder Gail Savina organized volunteers who were interested in trying to redirect Seattle’s excess fruit from waste. Many people then did not know how to go about sharing excess fruit, and community members were not aware that they could harvest from public orchards. City Fruit began to build community by harvesting and sharing fruit with all, and sharing knowledge of the stewardship and promise of fruit trees as a sustainable food resource in our community.

 

Today, we annually harvest ~30,000 pounds of quality fruit from residential fruit trees and public orchards and distribute this fruit to over 30 food banks, meal programs, schools, and community organizations.

 

Our hope is that these fruit trees can continue to provide food for future generations.

 

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.
(Image description: City Fruit staff members Tiare and Julian are educating five volunteers in a park, surrounding a tree in the sunshine)

Land Acknowledgement


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.