The Deal

When you were younger, did your parents ever tell you to finish your plate because there are children starving in a far off place, and you thought, ‘Well, why not send it to them?’

We work on this solution, just on a more local level.

Click to download the Yard Harvest Flyer 2014

What We Do: Each Summer and Fall, folks contact us when the trees, vines, etc. in their yards are ripe with apples, grapes, cherries, and other fresh produce. Our volunteers harvest the food, leave a portion with the homeowners, and deliver the rest to daycare centers, homes for the elderly, community kitchens, and other charities that serve people around Denver who are at risk of going without fresh, healthy food.

We focus on partnering with organizations that conduct educational workshops with our produce, providing much needed skills such as canning, cooking, and otherwise preserving and preparing fresh, healthy food. These workshops help charities’ clients and the public at large learn important skills too often lost in our unwrap-and-microwave culture. We want to provide a hand up, not a hand out. It’s cliche, yes, but it’s soooo important!

In our first three seasons we have harvested and delivered over 5000 lbs of fresh produce to local charities, and we are just getting started. Thanks so much to our volunteers, homeowner/members, and so many others who made this happen!

In our first year, 2011, we harvested and distributed over 1500 lbs of apples, grapes, and plums to partner charities that serve people in need around Denver. In our second year, 2012, we doubled our volume to over 3000 lbs!

We look forward to adding more Denver yards and to expanding to other communities in years to come!

Who We Are: A loose network of professionals, homeowners, health nuts, and other community-minded people who want to promote nutrition, reduce waste, and have some fun in the process.

Our Mission: To bring fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste to people who might otherwise go without it, building community and learning more about the importance of healthy food and reducing waste.

The idea is simple, though there are many parts to the process. Our past experience with similar organizations has helped us to develop a system that works efficiently, and now we are putting the parts in place.

Click on the “Steps in the Process” link above to learn how you can help us find yards, volunteers, and organizations in Denver that serve people in need, distributing the food either directly or through educational programs that help people prepare or preserve fresh produce.

If your yard produces food, know of others whose yards do, or would like to get involved in any way, please contact us at jason@yardharvest.org.

Your information will not be shared with anyone outside Yard Harvest.

Thanks so much for your time!

We are a registered, 501c3 charity (we’re good with the IRS), so donations over $25 are tax deductible.

“Every year we waste enough to feed the ones who starve.”

~ Billy Bragg, singing the words of Woody Guthrie
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