COVID-19 Changes

Effective Monday March 16, all harvests are canceled through April 7 in support of the extraordinary request by Bay Area counties for residents to "shelter in place" at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus / COVID-19. Under the public health order Village Harvest is eligible to continue operating, and depending on food supply at pantries and food banks we may resume limited orchard, but not home, harvests after April 7.

Stay healthy, keep others safe, and let's all find ways to make lemonade in this challenging time.

Craig Diserens
Executive Director

Share Your Fruit

Share your fruit instead instead of letting your fruit trees go to waste or become a nuisance! Your fruit or produce will make a healthy difference for the 1 in 10 residents in our community who need food assistance.

Village Harvest helps tree owners share fruit through our Community Home Harvest Teams, Orchard Harvests, Neighborhood Harvests, and educational resources for home tree owners to harvest and donate their own fruit.

How you can share:

DIY Do it yourself / Donate it Yourself:

Harvest your fruit and donate it directly to a grateful food assistance agency:  See our Home Harvest FAQ's for tips, including ladder-less harvesting.  Check our Community Dropoff Locations for organizations in the SF Bay Area which accept donated fruit.

Volunteer Home Harvesting Assistance

For home tree owners who are physically unable to harvest your trees because of age or disability, or for larger amounts, Village Harvest organizes teams of volunteers to harvest and share with community organizations.

Availability is limited, and beginning summer 2019 we encourage and may request tree owners to participate in the harvest, to the limits of their physical abilities. Our goal is to help you learn to harvest WITH you, rather than doing it for you.

To apply for assistance:

  • If you've never registered online with us, fill in the Home Sign Up page
  • If your trees have been previously harvested by Village Harvest OR you have previously registered, fill in the Harvest Request page.

Orchard Harvesting

We organize groups of 15 to 100 volunteers to harvest noncommercial historic and heritage orchards in 4 counties of the Bay Area, from San Mateo south to San Benito Counties. Private and public owners may fill in the Home Sign Up page or Contact Us for more information.

Enjoy more of your own fruit! 

In addition to eating fresh and sharing with friends and neighbors, consider preserving ... our Resources section can help get you started, and we have occasional preserving events as well.

See our Harvesting FAQs for common questions on "how to" and our harvesting service, including the laws that protect donors from liability when donating to nonprofit organizations.