The productive capacity of our urban areas is baffling. Harvest Sacramento’s fruit gleaning efforts have just begun to expose and utilize the millions of pounds of fruit being produced on front yard and backyard fruit trees throughout our region, year-round. It is through the same lens that we look at how much more fresh, healthy, local food (fruit, vegetables, herbs) and habitat our yards, parks, schools, businesses, rooftops and green-spaces have the potential to provide. This is the “Edible City”. Similar patterns, knowledge/skill sharing, identifying and acquiring resources and building relationships, that have allowed our gleaning efforts to grow from a few thousand pounds in 2009 to a projected 60,000+ pounds in 2014 are the foundation of this effort.
As we transition from “winter” to spring, we are excited to be working with partner organizations and local residents (you!) to explore and realize some of this production potential. Be on the lookout for these upcoming efforts:
• People-intensive garden installations; similar to our gleaning events, we will gather 20-50 people at a pre-arranged site to install edible landscapes/gardens at homes, vacant lots, and other community sites.
• Resource acquisition and sharing; this will take many forms including: bulk purchasing for group distribution (ex. 250 pounds of seed potatoes have been ordered and will be available), neighborhood “tool sheds” (both actual tool sheds and virtual tool sharing like www.neighborgoods.net), seed/plant swaps, etc
• Neighborhood food groups; a support network of neighbors that can act as mentors to each other and share fruit, produce, tools, ideas, skills, etc. that connect through group projects, potlucks, meet-ups and on-line communication tools.
• Skill sharing and education; in addition to be incorporated into our events, we will host and promote a wide array of classes, skill-share events, community work projects, speakers and facilitated conversations around the multitude of topics involved with realizing an Edible City.
To get involved, share, lead a project or get more information, please contact Randy Stannard: (530) 204-8082 or