Join the AWWEE Sacramento team as we volunteer to harvest fruit from backyard and front yard trees donated by community members in South Sacramento on Saturday, March 31.
Harvest Sacramento Edible City Initiative, a project of Soil Born Farms, is a collaborative effort of area residents, non-profits, community groups and businesses that harvest surplus fruit and vegetables from backyards and small orchards and donate it to local food assistance agencies
Harvest Sacramento germinated from a seed planted by two area residents, Mary McGrath and Robin Aurelius, who were pained by the sight of rotting oranges piled in the streets of East Sacramento every spring. A grassroots campaign to harvest oranges in the McKinley Park area engaged over 30 volunteers and donated about 3,000 pounds of fresh citrus to the Sacramento Food Bank in early 2009. From this success it was apparent that with more organization and effective outreach, substantial contributions of fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the entire year could greatly enhance the offerings of local food assistance agencies. With the continued support of the founding and new volunteers, Soil Born Farms has taken a lead role in tending this young seedling that we know as Harvest Sacramento. The true strength, longevity and effectiveness of this project is directly proportional to the level of direct community involvement.
Last year, Harvest Sacramento gleaned over 40,000lbs of fruit for donation, and the true strength, longevity and effectiveness of this project is directly proportional to the level of direct community involvement. We would love to have you be part of the upcoming event.