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

Volunteer Opportunities

Village Harvest is an almost purely volunteer organization, and talents and skills of all kinds are needed and welcome.

Please contact us for more information on any of these volunteer opportunities. If you have other talents you'd like to offer or learn, ask us! 

Harvesting Program

Harvesting Volunteers

Pick, move, and/or sort fruit along with other volunteers at our popular harvest events at homes, neighborhoods, or small orchards. Harvests are outdoors and light exercise, and with many different tasks involved there are possibilities for volunteers of most physical abilities.

Minimum ages for harvesting volunteers vary with the type and size of trees to be harvested, and therefore the size and type of the equipment used. Most harvests have a minimum age of 12 when the volunteer is accompanied by their parent, or age 14 without.

Harvest Leaders and Assistants

Teach, guide, and coach volunteers through a morning of harvesting; meet and interact with homeowners. Outdoors, with physical activity.

Harvest Planners/Organizers

Harvest Organizers determine which homes we will harvest for a specific event, and coordinate arrangements in advance with homeowners and volunteers. This role is primarily by computer or phone, and relatively flexible scheduling in advance of a harvest.

These volunteers must have a computer and intermediate or better computer skills, and once someone has learned our systems each harvests takes around 4 to 5 hours of volunteering over about 1 1/2 weeks.

This is our most challenging volunteer role to learn but also very high impact since the 4-5 hours an organizer contributes helps 500 or more people.

Van Drivers

Drive the Village Harvest owned van or vans of food agency partners to carry equipment and fruit during a harvest morning. Adults 21 or higher, California driver's license, requires insurance approval and a clean driving record.

Volunteers with trucks to carry fruit

Equipment Manager

Be the master of our equipment universe! Keep equipment in good condition and know where it is.

Equipment Wrangler

Get equipment corralled and ready for harvests, especially orchard events. (San Jose)


Team Location Codes:
SJ San Jose SV Sunnyvale MV Mountain View PA Palo Alto SMC San Mateo County



Web Design Advisors

Major makeover coming! Use your professional design or development skills to advise Village Harvest on next steps.


IT Advisory Committee


Contribute your technical skills to improve our existing infrastructure, and help architect the next generation.


Marketing and Communications

Graphic Designer

Create signs, posters, and other graphics items with function and personality

Marketing / Community Outreach)

Get the word out to homeowners, cities, and food agencies

Newsletter Editor

Web Site Editor


Special Projects

Mechanical Wizards

Design and/or build the ultimate harvest-mobile. Invent new equipment to make volunteer harvesting easier and more fun.