Community Volunteers Rally at Harvest Sacramento

By Dawnie April 20, 2011

Harvest Sacramento harvests unwanted fruit from neighborhood trees for donation to local food banks. This project of Soil Born Farms 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. In early 2009, a grassroots campaign to harvest oranges in the McKinley Park area engaged over 30 volunteers and donated about 3000 pounds of fresh citrus to the Sacramento Food Bank. 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. The true strength, longevity and effectiveness of this project will be directly proportional to the level of direct community involvement, so please Get Involved and Donate.

  • Harvest Totals

    So far in 2011…27,065 pounds of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos, kumquats, and pomelos.

    2010-18,783 pounds
    2009 -20,022 pounds

Volunteer opportunities in Sacramento:

Saturday April 23rd from 10 am to 2pm (REGISTER)

Saturday April 30th from 10am to 2pm (REGISTER)

We will meet at our Farm on Hurley Way harvest from trees in fairly spread out area…potentially including East Sacramento and Fair Oaks in addition to the Arden-Arcade/Carmichael area.  We will be carpooling in harvest groups to each location, so if you have a vehicle that can cary fellow volunteers, we may ask for your help.  Volunteers should park at Jonas Salk High Tech Acadamy (2950 Hurley Way) parking lot.  There is a stop light at the entrance to the school and you will see the back side of the farm to your left as you enter into the actual parking lot.