Attention New Growers!

Please note that requests for harvests between January and May often far exceeds the number of volunteer teams we have available. We highly recommend contacting us a month before you are interested in having a harvesting team visit to ensure you get a spot on our calendar. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. We would love to rescue every single fruit or veggie offered to us, but simply don’t have enough helping hands to reach everyone.

If you want to help us reach everyone, please consider signing up as a Harvest Captain! Our limiting factor in harvesting is team leaders. The more Harvest Captains we have to lead volunteers, the more harvests we can do. Please contact us if you would be interested, we can really use your help!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer with The Harvest Club.

We want to make it fun and easy for everyone to get involved.  To join our team, just complete a grower or volunteer registration form and we’ll be in touch about future harvesting events. Select the Harvest Captain link below If you are interested in leading harvests in your own community. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to tell you more about it.

 

Register Your Trees   or Garden

If you have an abundance of fruit/vegetables you would like us to harvest,

Click here to register

Volunteer with Us

If you would like to join a harvesting team to pick and pack fruit for our neighbors in need,

Click here to register

Be a Harvest Captain

If you would like to help coordinate and lead harvest events in your own community,

Click here to register


After registering, we will notify you about upcoming Harvest Events, or your can always check our Harvest Events page for the latest volunteer opportunities.

Harvesting – How It Works

Harvest Events are led by an experienced Harvest Captain and generally take place between 10am-12pm on weekends, however weekday harvests are available.

Registered volunteers will receive an email about upcoming harvests.  To signup for a harvest, just respond to the event notification or email us at hello@ocfoodaccess.org.  Event details will be emailed prior to the harvest.

Harvesters are advised to wear:

  • long sleeves
  • hat and sunglasses (or protective eyewear)
  • sunscreen and bee protection (if necessary)
  • closed-toed shoes are a must!

If you are a new volunteer, please sign our Volunteer Waiver and Photo Release. Bring it to your first Harvest Event and turn it into the Harvest Captain.

Volunteer Positions with The Harvest Club

Harvest Captains are the backbone of The Harvest Club.  They are responsible for overseeing the transportation of equipment and donations as well as making sure their fellow volunteers stay safe. This is a once or twice a month commitment of 4 hours per event, with the schedule built around you!

Harvesters donate 2-3 hours per harvest to pick and sort fruit/vegetables.

Tree Scouts visit the grower’s property prior to a harvesting event to determine the health of the tree, taste the fruit, and determine when the Grower is available for a harvest event.

Ambassadors are our connection to new growers and volunteers in the community.  Activities include passing out flyers during or after a harvest and canvassing local neighborhoods with visible fruit trees.

Drivers deliver harvested produce to distribution sites near the harvest location.

Growers provide us with a sustainable source of healthy, fresh food that we can harvest and donate to the community.

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