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City Fruit gearing up to harvest neighborhood fruit trees

City Fruit is gathering volunteers to take part in harvesting extra fruit from neighborhood trees this summer. The next Harvest Volunteer Info Meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Photo courtesy of City Fruit.

From City Fruit’s press release:

Have you ever seen this picture, in August or September around the city? Does it make you feel uncomfortable to see good, healthy fruit rotting on the ground? City Fruit works to prevent this problem by harvesting fruit from residential trees in Phinney-Greenwood to donate to local organizations serving people in need. City-grown fruit is an important resource that needs to be stewarded and used to feed people our community.

City Fruit is now gearing up for the 2011 harvests, and there are three ways you can help:

1) Volunteer to help harvest. This is a fun, social, volunteer opportunity—great for families and everyone else! The time commitment is flexible, since harvests happen daytime, evenings, and weekends, and you can sign up the week before a harvest. Both new and returning volunteers should attend our Harvest Volunteer Info Meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-7:30 at the Greenwood Library. If you can’t make it or have more questions, please contact us.

2) Donate your fruit. If you have a fruit tree that you can’t harvest or use all of the fruit, we can harvest and donate the fruit. We typically leave a small box of fruit for the residents, and you can help harvest if you’d like. You can also harvest your own tree and donate the extras yourself—find a list of donation sites on our website.

3) Become a member. It costs us about $1 to harvest one pound of fruit, so the support of our members is critical. Members receive one free class and $5 off additional classes. You can join online using Paypal.
Volunteers and fruit tree owners can contact us at phinney@cityfruit.org. Our “boundaries” are N 50th St to N 105th St, and Aurora to 8th Ave NW.

Our partner organizations harvest in other parts of Seattle. If you live in another part of Seattle, contact the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 or help@gardenhotline.org to have your tree harvested.

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