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Aug21

Meet City Fruit Ambassador, Phil!

                  Meet Phil. Phil is just one of 13 City Fruit Ambassadors. The Ambassador program is simple: as an Ambassador you’re the voice and face of City Fruit in the neighborhood of your choice by committing 3-5 hours of volunteer work every month for a year. There […]

Aug20

Out in the Orchard: Falling Fruit

It’s my turn to blog a bit about my City Fruit world. I’m Barb Burrill, the orchard steward coordinator. I support the volunteers who take care of 11 orchards on public land in Seattle, and coordinate orchard care with Seattle Parks grounds staff. I became involved with City Fruit as a volunteer orchard steward for […]

Aug14

New to Fruit Trees – Summer Pruning

This past weekend, I attended City Fruit’s second Sunday series at City People’s Garden Store on summer pruning with Bill Wanless.  The class was packed – over 30 attendees! Clearly, this is a topic of interest. While my plum tree is too young for summer pruning, here are some tips and tricks to help promote […]

Jul29

Luscious Landscaping with Fruits — A Special Lecture by Lee Reich

Lee Reich considers himself a farmdener —  more than a gardener, less than a farmer. And next month, the nationally recognized fruit tree and landscape expert will give a special talk in Seattle. On Sunday, August 10, join City Fruit, along with partners Bradner Gardens, Plant Amnesty, and the Seattle Fruit Tree Society, for a lecture and garden […]

Jul15

Meet our Harvest Team!

Meet City Fruit’s 2014 Harvest Team! From left, Dusty Towler, who will be focusing on the West Seattle; Luke Jesperson, our Harvest Coordinator, who is working in the neighborhoods of South Seattle, including Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Mount Baker, and Rainier Beach; and Hamilton Anderson, who will harvest in North Seattle, including the neighborhoods of Ballard, Phinney/Greenwood, and Wallingford. […]

Jul09

Flexible Volunteer Opportunity: Become an Ambassador Today!

Summer is finally upon us and City Fruit is excited to announce a new, creative way to get involved with us this year! The City Fruit Ambassador Program is a year long opportunity to use your skills, passions, and connections to be the voice and face of City Fruit in the neighborhood of your choice. […]

Jun26

The cherries are coming!

In my opening New to Fruit Trees blog, I said I was disappointed not to find a single fruit tree in my yard after moving to Seattle from Washington, DC. Not so fast. Let’s call this my second #fruitfail.  Not one, or two, but five — I have five cherry trees in my yard.  Seattle is […]

Jun18

Top Ten Reasons You Should Vote for City Fruit to Win $50,000!

There’s less than a week left to vote for City Fruit in Zipcar’s Communities with Drive program! We hope you’ve taken the time to help us win $50,000 and expand our urban harvest.  If you need a little more convincing, we have compiled a list of reasons to vote for us: 10.  Figs! You may […]

Jun17

Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Beeman Calls City Fruit His Wellness Plan

City Fruit is my wellness plan  The rewards of volunteering at City Fruit go both ways, reflects Dave Beeman, recipient of the (2014) Gail Savina Outstanding Service Award. Dave describes his volunteer work as highly satisfying: “it feels really good!” Volunteering for City Fruit is not only mentally rewarding, but also the physical activity of […]

Jun12

Harvest Season has Begun!

As someone who is very interested in supporting local food and food justice movements, yesterday was a very exciting day for two reasons. First, and most importantly, yesterday it was reported that farmworkers had reached a $500,000 dollar settlement with Sakuma Brothers berry farm located in Burlington. The agreement also included reforms to keeping track […]

Jun09

Help City Fruit Win $50,000 to fund the Urban Harvest!

We are thrilled to announce that City Fruit was chosen as a finalist of the “Communities with Drive” program, sponsored by Zipcar, Inc. and Ford Motor Company.  Communities with Drive is designed to acknowledge and reward organizations that have a profound impact on the communities in which they operate. As one of 25 finalists from over […]

Jun08

City Fruit Honors Two Volunteers

On Friday, May 30, City Fruit celebrated founder Gail Savina on her last day as executive director.  In honor of her work and dedication to the urban harvest, the City Fruit board of directors created the Gail Savina Award for Outstanding Service. This award recognizes distinguished individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to […]

Jun04

Summer Bliss in the Urban Orchard

Having just moved to Seattle from the Midwest in December to join City Fruit, I’ve yet to experience a true Pacific Northwest summer. In fact, many times when I talk to people about how I just moved to Seattle in December, they sort of lament with me a bit over the timing of my move, tell […]

Jun02

Welcome Yoga Behind Bars!

Meet our office-mates at El Centro–Yoga Behind Bars Like City Fruit, this amazing organization is working in the Puget Sound area to make our community a more just and pleasant place to live. Below is a little about their mission, and a note from Rosa and Nari. We’re lucky to have such an inspiring team working alongside […]

May30

The Collecting of Fruit and Thoughts

Hey there folks! Welcome to my City Fruit blog which will allow you to follow me as I ensconce myself in the food issues affecting the city Tom Robbins excitedly described as, “the best place to go to experiment with life,” -Seattle, WA. My name is Luke Jesperson and I am the new Harvest Coordinator […]

May22

New to Fruit Tree Series – Kate & Andrew Plant a Fruit Tree

Written by Catherine ‘Kate’ Morrison, Executive Director of City Fruit   This past weekend, I planted my first fruit tree! Having just landed in the Greenwood neighborhood, one of the five areas where City Fruit harvests delicious pears, apples, plums, and more, I was disappointed to find not a single fruit tree in our garden. […]

Apr28

Peaches in Seattle?

This article was originally posted April 28, 2014 by Patrick Mann to the Brandon Triangle Orchard blog. Brandon Triangle Orchard is one of the sites lovingly cared for by Urban Orchard Stewards. I love peaches, and so do most people I know, so a peach tree was high on my list of fruit tree selections. But […]

Apr24

Passionate public health expert to lead City Fruit

City Fruit is growing fast, and for the past six months we’ve been looking to bring on someone with the energy and skills to take us to the next level.  I’m thrilled to introduce you to Catherine (Kate) Morrison. Kate combines public sector know-how with a deep commitment to food justice.  Raised in St. Louis, […]

Apr14

Eat for Equity Seattle

Looking for a way to spice up Sunday brunch? On April 27th, why not dine to support immigrant and workers’ rights? Eat for Equity Seattle organizes community feasts for a cause, working towards building aculture of generosity in Seattle. Each month, E4E organizes events to bring community together for the greater good. In September, Eat […]

Apr10

Celebrate Spring; Two great classes this weekend!

The weather outside is perfect for getting back into your garden, and perfect for pollinators to make their rounds in the fruit trees. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out these classes: Attract & Provide Safe Haven for Beneficial Pollinators, with journeyman-level certified beekeeper, Bob Redmond SATURDAY 10am-Noon @ Bradner Gardens Park, 1730 Bradner […]