Volunteer

There’s a lot to be done, and it’s fun to do it.

There are so many ways you can get involved, and it would be great to have you as part of the team in any way you will look forward to getting the job done.

If you would like to work with us please fill out this form, or just leave a comment anywhere on this site so we can contact you. Your information will not be shared with anyone outside the Yard Harvest.

We’re taking applications from folks who would like to devote a few hours once a month, once per harvest season, or just once (that’s not much, especially considering the satisfaction of the work we’re doing) for a variety of positions:

Most of he fun will happen from July through October, but there’s more to be done all year, thank goodness.

Harvesters

Bring the kids, come out with friends, or show up solo to meet new folks. You will be notified about picks in your area and you can help out once a week, once a month, or once a year. No commitments, just spend a few hours harvesting food when it works for you. (You’ll also be able to keep a bit for yourself, though of course the idea is to donate the vast majority.)

Lead Harvesters

These great people take on a bit more responsibility. Depending on the specific pick, it might mean

  • Coordinating a group of 4 to 8 people (these could be your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, or may be provided from our list of volunteers),
  • Bringing the equipment (ladders, picking poles, bags and boxes for the bounty, etc.) to the site, and/or
  • Bringing food to our partners at day care centers, homes for elderly people, community kitchens, and similar groups.

To be a lead harvester, we ask that you commit to attending one training session with a more experienced harvester, and then come out at least four more times that season.

Leaders can certainly choose which picks and which of these tasks will work best for them. Our coordinator(s) will find the best match with Leaders, Harvesters, and the specific events.

Coordinators

These are our quarterbacks. If fundraising goes well, we will be able to pay someone to do part- or full-time work in this capacity during the harvest season. Whether or not this happens, it will still be helpful to have more than one person who can commit to coordinating even a week or two worth of picks.

Though our idea is simple, there are lots of moving parts. Thankfully, we got a pretty slick system to make it happen without too much headache for any one person.

It will all become clear to you when the time is at hand.

Partner Coordinators

It’s important to know when our partner organizations can receive fruit, how much they can distribute, and if they have specific events when people may be coming together to learn about the preparation or preservation of fresh produce.

We’re also always looking for new organizations with whom we can work.

If you are interested in any of this, please enter your information here, or just leave a comment on this site.

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