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

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Update 3/20/2020: Because of the uncertainty of when Village Harvest can resume harvests during the COVID-19 crisis, we are not accepting Home Sign Ups or Harvest Requests at this time. These forms have been temporarily removed.

Many or most food agencies are NOT accepting homeowner drop offs. Please do not pick your own tree for donation; most citrus fruit will hold well on trees for several months.

Please fill out the form below to apply for volunteer assistance for harvesting your fruit trees. If your home or property has been harvested by Village Harvest in the past, please fill in our Harvest Assistance Request page instead.

Before you apply, please check the list at the right and verify you are within our service area. If you're outside our area we'll be glad to help you find alternatives.

Winter 2020 Eligibility

This citrus season we anticipate there may be 5 to 10 times more tree owners offering fruit than our home harvest teams will be able to assist. Because of this overwhelming interest:

  • We give priority to seniors age 70 and older or households physically unable to pick their trees, homes with a larger amount (more than 150 lbs/6 milk crates of citrus), or where we have several homes offering fruit close together.
  • If you or any members of our your household are physically able, you should be willing to participate in the harvest alongside our volunteers to the limit of your physical abilities.
  • Rental properties are unlikely to be selected in this peak period, unless occupied by their owner.

While our home harvest teams are limited, our Neighborhood Harvest program will assist neighborhood associations or a group of neighbors in organizing their own fruit drive with support and equipment from Village Harvest. Please contact us if you'd like to organize a harvest of your entire block or neighborhood.

If you have a smaller amount or we cannot assist you this season, most food banks or meal services are grateful to receive fruit directly from tree owners - don't let it go to waste or become a nuisance!  Visit our Community Food Drop Off Locations map and list or Contact Us through this website or by phone.

There is no required charge, but we do ask for tax-deductible donations cover a portion of the cost of providing this service. We we are grateful for your support to continue.

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