Harvesting Events:

  1. What do I bring and wear to a harvest event?
  2. Are my children or youth organization allowed to join in the fun?
  3. Can members of parent-teen organizations join a harvest?
  4. Can I arrive late to a harvest?
  5. May I bring my dog or pet to a harvest?

 

  1. What do I bring and wear to a harvest event?

    A:   Shirt with sleeves, long pants and covered shoes. 

    Suggested: Long sleeves to protect yourself from branches, comfortable shoes and clothing in layers, sun cover, gloves, and a bag or box to take fruit home. 

    Optional:    Hand pruners 

  2. Are my children or youth organization allowed to join in on the fun?

    A:  Yes!  We encourage families and students to join, but how many children we can have and how old they need to be depends upon what we're harvesting. 

    Many of the summer fruit orchards (late June - August) are fairly short and harvested without ladders. During that time we invite families and youth organizations to join. During citrus season (December - July) we encourage high school students and a few well supervised younger children. Persimmons (November) are the most strenuous fruit to harvest so we require volunteers to be high school age and older. Cherries (early June) are harvested on ladders so volunteers must be 16 years and older. 

    All children must have a signed waiver by their parents. Click here to download our Volunteer and Child Liability Release.

    Children 16 and above:
    - Must be supervised by an adult to use ladders.
    - Must come with their own transportation.

    Children 7-16 are welcome at some events (please call if it's not indicated on the schedule):
    - Must be supervised by an adult at least 3:1.
    - Must come with their own transportation.
    - May not be on ladders. Children under 16 are welcome to use the fruit pickers, harvest fruit from the ground, help sort and carry fruit.

  3. Can members of parent-teen organizations join a harvest?

    1. Quite a few parent-teen groups volunteer with us and we welcome your organization. Many of our harvests have parent-teen volunteer limits so we can share the space with all our individual and family volunteers - this information is included in the event details posted to our calendar. Minimum age requirements for each harvest can also be found in the event description. Volunteering as a parent-teen duo only requires a single event sign up but it must list the names and ages of each volunteer younger than 18.

  4. Can I arrive late to a harvest?
    1. It is important that our volunteers arrive on time to receive orientation and harvest instructions for each unique event.
  5. May I bring my dog or pet to a harvest? 

    A:  We love animals, too, but please leave your pets at home and do not bring them to our harvests. We want to be respectful of home or orchard owner preferences, ensure all volunteers have a great experience, and comply with health and food safety codes.