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May 31

Become a Neighborhood Harvest Leader or Fruit Scout!

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 10:08 AM by Allan Warren

Gleaning
Volunteers helping glean fruit last fall from local landowner cooperator. in 2015, volunteers helped us donate over 44,000lbs of fresh produce to local food banks!

Are you interested in leading fruit tree harvests in your neighborhood or learning how to assess fruit tree health? The Harvest Pierce County Gleaning Project is now recruiting Harvest Leaders and Fruit Scout volunteer leaders for the 2016 season! Fruit Scouts and Harvest leaders receive mileage reimbursement and a $100 stipend. Whether you like to walk, bike, or have a car to get around, fruit scouts are an important part to making sure that healthy fruit gets harvested.

Pg 6 sidebar (web)Fruit Scouts are volunteers who commit to registering new fruit trees for gleaning and checking on registered fruit trees to make sure they are healthy and ripe for picking. This is a great independent volunteer opportunity. Whether you like to walk, bike, or have a car to get around, fruit scouts are an important part to making sure that healthy fruit gets harvested. Fruit Scouts receive training in early summer to learn basic fruit tree care and maintenance. They are also responsible for taste testing the fruit to make sure it’s ready for eating!

Harvest Leaders are the point person leading volunteers on urban fruit harvests and organizing logistics like food bank drop off and record keeping. Since all volunteers get to take home a portion of the harvest, Harvest Leaders have access to fresh fruit all season long. This is the perfect opportunity for people who like to preserve food and who want to give back to the community. Becoming a Harvest Leader is a way to meet new friends and gain experience leading small groups.

Harvest Leaders and Fruit Scouts receive training from Harvest Pierce County staff in early summer. See the volunteer training dates for more information: June 15thJune 29th training.
Last year, the Gleaning Project donated 44,619lbs
of fresh food to local foodbanks thanks to volunteers
who helped scout out trees and lead harvests.




For full position descriptions and to apply online, please visit the links below:
Fruit Scouts
http://tinyurl.com/2016fruitscoutapplication
Harvest Leaders
http://tinyurl.com/2016harvestleaderapplication