Neighborhood Harvest

Neighborhood Harvest is a project of Spiral Gardens that promotes sustainable use of urban food resources. Our mission is to bring together the scores of residential fruit trees planted by earlier generations whose wholesome fruit is often wasted and unused with a caring community of volunteers willing to help get nutritious fresh fruit to those living in our midst who need simple, healthy food. We send out volunteer teams to harvest residential trees, mostly in Oakland, Berkeley, Albany and the inner East Bay and donate the excess fruit to Alameda County charities that feed homeless people.

Volunteers harvesting apples

Do you have fruit trees in your yard or neighborhood?
Have more fruit than you can handle?
If you own or know of one or many fruit trees and have more fruit than you and your neighbors or your friends can use, let us help you. We will send out a team of trained volunteers to clean up the dropped fruit and harvest the fruit remaining on the tree. We then donate the fruit to a network of homeless shelters to share good food with those who need it most. We are working to create a large and growing database of residential fruit trees that will be available for harvest throughout the course of the year, yielding fruit such as apples, pears, plums, persimmons, oranges, nectarines, apricots and other varieties. As we locate more fruit trees and recruit more volunteers we hope to strengthen the support offered to property owners and residents to preserve and maintain their trees as a valuable food resource.
Please call 510-843-1307 or email harvest a_t spiralgardens d_t org today.

Volunteers placing apples into a box from a tarp

Do you want to help pick fruit?
We need all sorts of folks who have the time and physical ability to work outdoors and don't mind getting dirty. Students looking to get involved and give back to the local community, members of service organizations and religious communities, young and not so young are all welcome. We are especially looking for volunteers who have a truck, wagon or bike trailer and those with experience or knowledge of fruit trees and harvesting. We send out volunteer teams to harvest trees in the East Bay on weekend mornings and the occasional weekday evening in summer. It's loads of fun and you get to take home some fruit for your hard work. If you'd like to be notified of upcoming harvests, please join our volunteer e-mail list below.

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Volunteers marveling at the bounty of fruit harvested in the back of a truck

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2838 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA 94702 510-843-1307 office, 510-843-1800 fax

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