Each year, thousands of pounds of food go to waste in people’s yards while, too many people lack access to fresh produce.
People go hungry or without proper nutrition while this fallen fruit causes huge messes, it attracts pests, and it stinks (yeah, double entendre). If you’ve had these problems, or have seen them with your neighbors, we’re here to help.
What we do is simple: When you contact us to harvest the tree(s), vine(s), etc., in your yard, we’ll schedule a time when you think we can gather the greatest amount of ripe, fresh fruit. Our volunteers will bring ladders, picking poles, and some bags or boxes to collect the harvest.
A typical harvest may take 2-4 hours and garner 100-300 pounds of ripe fruit. We take at least 85% of that to our partner organizations such as day care centers, homes for the elderly, and community kitchens. If you’re doing a bit of math here, you know that this means 15-30 pounds can be left with the homeowner/member or taken home by the volunteers.
The only piece of information we need is an email address. None of your information will be shared outside Yard Harvest and it will not be used for any purposes other than for harvesting. You can provide your complete address if you would like, or wait until you contact us to organize the harvest.
Members who donate (suggested $25) will receive priority for harvest. If you are unable or unwilling to pay for membership, we still want to hear from you! Members will have priority during harvest season, but we will work to harvest as much food as possible from anyone who registers with us, whether or not they pay the membership fee.
We ask that you contact us when you think your tree is about a week away from needing to be harvested. Regrettably, we will likely only be able to visit you once per season, so please try to estimate the time when we can harvest the most food.
If you have a specific organization in mind that can distribute the food or use it in some kind of educational or nutrition program, please let us know.