Seattle’s Community Fruit Tree Harvest organizes to gather and share the city’s annual bounty of free fruit.
Seattle’s long-standing nickname is ‘The Emerald City’ due primarily to its abundance of urban trees and assorted foliage, much of which remains green all year round. A large percentage of the seasonal greenery is comprised of fruit trees like cherry, plum, pear and apple. And sadly, whether on private land or public, a huge volume of this perfectly edible food falls to the ground and rots…
Local Seattle organizations team up to prevent wasted food and to share the bounty.
In many cases, the fallen fruit is so plentiful that sidewalks and streets become covered with the soon-to-be-mashed-up fruit.
This wasted harvest has prompted many local residents to organize and harvest these abundant urban “crops”. The Community Fruit Tree Harvest was created to put an end to the massive waste of fruit food, providing central gathering places for urban harvesters to drop of their fruit surplus, and even distributing the food to food banks and homeless shelters.