Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource. Often fruit goes unused because people are not sure when to harvest it, how to eat it, or they are put off by damage caused by preventable disease and pests. We are reclaiming the urban orchard, showing people how to harvest and use what they need, and to share the rest with others. Join us in reclaiming urban fruit!
City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees.
Conservation: Preserve fruit trees on public and private properties; document historical orchards.
Preservation of the urban tree canopy: Increase fruit trees planted on public and private properties; map fruit trees.
Stewardship: Improve the care of fruit trees and reduce the impact of fruit pests and diseases using non-toxic methods.
Harvest: Increase the amount of fruit harvested by supporting harvesting groups, developing the capacity of neighborhoods to harvest, and promoting harvesting by tree owners.
Using and sharing fruit: Develop the capacity of people and groups to preserve fruit; explore the income-generating potential of urban fruit; effectively link those who have fruit with those who need it.
Community building: Build and strengthen connections within community groups through the planting, stewardship, harvest and/or preservation of fruit.
City Fruit started in late 2008 when Gail Savina (now our Executive Director) called together a group of like-minded people who were interested in trying to create something different from the existing fruit tree harvests. We wanted to develop a more holistic model that focused on education, food policy, and financial sustainability, as well as the harvesting and distributing the fruit.
From that initial meeting, we created a mission, secured a fiscal sponsorship from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and began working on projects to help us achieve our goals.
In 2011, City Fruit harvested and distributed more than 6,500 pounds of fruit. This year, we hope to do even more.
City Fruit is a non-profit corporation with a tax exempt status (501c), supported by donations, memberships, class fees, sales and grants. Show your support by joining today.