Share Your Fruit

Instead of letting your fruit trees go to waste or become a nuisance, share! 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.

Winter and Spring 2019 citrus season changes:
Because of overwhelming popularity we are temporarily closing the volunteer harvest assistance program to new home sign ups, and harvests of previously harvested homes will be by invitation. Last year we received more than 400 requests for harvesting assistance for 100 available openings in January - April.

During this peak period we encourage households to pick and donate their own fruit when possible, or to organize with their neighbors for a Neighborhood Harvest.
Ways to share:
  • Donate Fruit to a nearby 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.
  • If you have a large amount of fruit or are physically unable to harvest it because of age or disability, Village Harvest organizes teams of volunteers to harvest and share with community organizations.
  • Enjoy more of your own!  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.

Volunteer Harvesting Assistance

"Thank you!  Your team did an excellent job and harvested 5-6 boxes (approx. 300 lbs) of Meyer Lemons from my tree. 
I'm older now and haven't been able to harvest that tree, I'm so glad that it's going to good use."

Homeowner, San Jose

In conjunction with community groups and other organizations, Village Harvest organizes volunteer harvesting teams to pick fruit and distribute it to worthwhile community organizations.  Because of high demand, this service is usually available only for people who need physical assistance, or for homes and small orchards with more than 150 lbs of fruit (several boxes).  For smaller quantities, see Community Dropoff Locations.

Donors will receive a charitable contribution tax receipt.  There is no charge for this service, although we encourage donations to cover a portion of our costs.  Please visit our support page to see how you can help.