Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fruit Tree Harvest Wrap-Up

Many, many thanks to all our volunteers for what has been an amazing fruit harvest season!

Under the capable leadership of Molly, our Harvest Against Hunger VISTA, volunteers harvested 4,605 pounds of fruit for 21 different food banks, shelters, meal programs, and other community organizations in Seattle. That's over 11,500 servings of fruit which would have otherwise gone to waste!*

In this season of giving thanks, we are so thankful for Molly's leadership and service this past year. We will miss her cheerful volunteer e-mails, complicated tracking spreadsheets, and willingness to harvest fruit in the rain. Not to mention the adorable knitted vegetables she creates. We wish her well in her next farming endeavors!

Molly Woodring talks about theCommunity Fruit Tree Harvest
(produced on Vimeo by Basil Weiner, Harvest Against Hunger VISTA).

What will next year’s fruit harvest bring? Hopefully lots of plums! But in terms of staffing, it looks like we will once again have a Harvest Against Hunger AmeriCorps*VISTA member at Lettuce Link. If all goes according to plan, this person will be on board by the end of January and will start work with the P-Patch Giving Gardens in the spring.  

On behalf of the food banks, meal programs and clients who received, fresh, Seattle grown fruit the season, our thanks to Molly and all our fruit tree harvest volunteers!

If you'd like to harvest fruit in your community next season, please contact fruitharvest@solid-ground.org. Or if you need help harvesting your extra fruit for donation, please contact the Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline at 206.633.0224 or help@gardenhotline.org.

*Based on an average of 2.5 cups of fruit per pound

Don't forget: Our friends at Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop have created a tasty Seasonal 10 sandwich, Turkey + Red Pepper Relish, and 10% of the proceeds from the sandwich will go to Lettuce Link. Stop by one of their shops in Fremont, Queen Anne, or Capitol Hill this fall for a delicious treat, and thank them for supporting Lettuce Link!

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