This page was last updated on 11/22/2014 at 6:09am
If you are coming to the harvest here is
Daily Republic – Small army picks persimmons and helps feed the hungry
Contra Costa Times – Contra Costa volunteer fruit pickers come to the rescue
KGO-ABC News – Volunteers to pick persimmons from Vacaville property
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Read Why She Waters the Persimmon Trees (including last year’s slide show)
It’s a heart warming story. A widower has an orchard of 810 persimmon trees and since she is not a farmer, her delicious, healthy fruit does not meet the requirements of a broken food system that prizes shape, size and looks over taste and quality. Two years ago the entire harvest rotted on trees. Last year she asked us to help. We harvested 52,000 pounds and donated it to local hunger relief agencies and 5 food banks. She wants us back this year and we will do what we can.
There is a lot of fruit on the trees, which means no matter how many volunteers come to help, we will not run out of fruit to pick. We are hoping to harvest at least 50,000 lbs this year. It’s a bit of a stretch for us, but with your help we hope to pull it off. Want to help?
If you can not volunteer please donate
We have to pay for insurance, tools, transportation, water for the volunteers and a whole lot more. As an all volunteer organization we have no fixed overhead, which means 100% of your donation will go to support this project, and The Urban Farmers projects like this.
Question: How do you get the 10,000 people for a day figure?
Answer: A farmer has to grow 5 lbs of food to feed a person for a day. If we can harvest 50,000 lbs, that is enough to feed a small town, and we can’t think of a better time to donate fresh fruit than Thanksgiving.
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