September 17, 2011

A little bit o' bounty

Harvests in Wash Park, Overland Park, and City Park.

One of the many reasons we love Denver: There are a lot of parks.

So far we have limited our harvests to private homes where the residents can invite us to harvest their yards (no parks or other public property, yet), and on this Saturday we headed to these three park neighborhoods to harvest just over 300 lbs of apples and 40 lbs each of grapes and plums. Almost 400 lbs in a day!

Thanks so much to Kimo Yore and Daya Mitch for these awesome pictures! And, as always, big thanks to our generous members/homeowners for inviting us to harvest, and to our amazing volunteers for donating their time!

The produce from these harvests was delivered to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Beacon Place.

Daya harvesting apples with one of our telescoping picking poles.


Matt not only helped out by sorting and harvesting, he also did some of the legal legwork in the year before we launched, making sure our operations are safe and above the board. Thanks, Matt!

We sort produce between three categories:

  • A, which looks just like what we might buy at a farmers market or grocery store;
  • B, which might be bruised or otherwise blemished but is still safe and healthy, best for baking, canning, or otherwise preparing; and
  • C, which has already fallen when we arrived (we clean the yard for safety and for the courteous benefit of our homeowners/members), has been bitten by a squirrel or other critter, or is otherwise unsafe. All C-grade produce is composted.


Sorting and then recording every last bit of data. Details matter at Yard Harvest.


Father and daughter. Families love harvesting on gorgeous Colorado days!


Another happy and helpful harvester.


Stretch, Philly! A dedicated Board members and also a founder (Yard Harvest wouldn’t be happening without him), Philip doesn’t like to leave a single bit of food to waste.


Kimo offers a bit of the bounty he’s harvested. Thanks, Kimo!


Climbing the non-corporate ladder. Between our different types of ladders and telescoping picking poles, and of course the efforts of our hard working volunteers, we got the gear to get the job done right.