Why Did You Skip My Tree?
We had planned on harvesting your tree, but didn’t make it. Want to know more?
A mature fruit tree can produce several hundred pounds of fruit. Cluster 4 or 5 trees together for an efficient use of volunteer time and our harvests can easily run 1,000-1,500 lbs. Harvesting that much fruit safely requires a team of 8 to 20 people. Occasionally we will assist the elderly or disabled by harvesting a small tree with 2 or 3 people, but that’s not the common case.
Each harvest starts by organizing our volunteers into carpools that follow the harvest van. It takes 2 to 3 vehicles to conduct a harvest.
Why Incomplete Harvests?
As an all-volunteer organization, we face several factors that affect our ability to complete the work. For example, we organize each harvest based on the number of volunteers that have registered to help us that day. We plan for 20% cancellations, but if a family of four cancels at the last minute, then the harvest team is shorthanded and may not be able to complete the assigned route. There are other factors. Weather may impact the outcome of a harvest: we do not harvest in rain or when temperatures exceed 95 degrees. Unpruned trees can throw off our best time estimates and safety issues can slow down the team.
We give “skipped trees” the highest priority and will do all that we can to complete the harvest, but this is not always possible.
Plan of Action
We try to find more fruit trees near the skipped tree and organize a harvest where we can service 2 or 3 homes in a trip. When we can, we put skipped trees on top of the list. If we can organize another harvest soon, we will inform you so you can expect us. Otherwise, there are some other options for your fruit:
- Wait a few days; if we can organize another harvest soon, we will let you know.
- Pick your own fruit and take it to a local non-profit which distributes food. For more information and a map, contact us.
- Enjoy your fruit and share it with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
We are disappointed that we could not harvest your fruit. Working sustainably is not always convenient but with your support, we can make this project work to benefit both the people and the planet. We will keep you on our list for future harvests, and we appreciate your understanding.