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Important changes for winter-spring Home Harvests:

Because of overwhelming interest we are changing our scheduling for the peak January-April citrus season in 2019. Last year we received requests for harvesting assistance from more than 400 home tree owners for 100 available openings, and this led to many disappointed or unhappy tree owners.
 
While our volunteer teams can only harvest a fraction of those who are interested this season, Village Harvest will help you share fruit directly with food agencies.
 
Thank you for your continuing support of our efforts to provide healthy food for people in need from the abundance in our gardens.
 
Craig Diserens, Executive Director
 

Home Harvest Changes for January - April 2019

  • Because of overwhelming interest, we are temporarily limiting new home sign ups, and harvests of previously registered homes will be by invitation only in this period instead of requests. (The previous forms have been temporarily removed.)
     
  • Except as part of a Neighborhood Harvest, volunteer home harvesting will usually be limited to households who are physically unable to harvest their fruit, or homes with a large amount (>300 pounds at one time in recent harvests). The geographic area served by volunteer teams may be reduced.
     
  • Village Harvest will be expanding our educational resources to help owners learn easy ways to pick and donate fruit themselves. Many food agencies are very grateful to receive fresh fruit directly from homeowners, and more than 1 in 10 residents need your healthy fruit!

    It's easy to pick and donate citrus. The Ladder-less Fruit Harvesting Techniques document shows easy ways to harvest, and the Community Food Drop Off Locations map and list will help you find food agencies to donate to. Contact Us for additional assistance with DIY harvesting.
     
  • Neighborhoods (4 or more homes in the same block) and Orchard properties (>10 trees ripe at one time) may continue to register for possible volunteer harvesting assistance. Please use the Contact form to reach us about organizing your neighborhood or offering fruit from your orchard.

For Questions or Suggestions

We will be evolving our program to best match the needs of tree owners and our volunteers. Please  Contact Us with any questions or suggestions.